For the past several years there have been rumors about the Formula 1™ Championship making its triumphant return to Mexico and this year, the stars have aligned on both sides as Mexico has officially been added to the FIA calendar for 2015 and will take place one week after the US Grand Prix in Austin.
It’s been two decades since the race was last hosted in Mexico and a lot has changed in the sport since then; race organizers are under an aggressive timeline to complete the project before the doors open on the Friday prior to the Mexican Grand Prix. Here’s a few of the changes you should expect when the race kicks-off in October.
The once fearsome Peraltada Bend will not be making an appearance this time around after being one of the most dangerous turns in the sport during its active run. Safety considerations have prompted the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit to amend the formerly long, banked right-hand turn.
Now the bend will now turn right into the Foro Sol Baseball Stadium, cut through the right and center fields, rejoin the old corner halfway around via the hairpin, and two right-handers then lead into the home straight.
Raising the (Safety) Standard
In the 20 years the race has been absent from Mexico, a lot has changed regarding F1’s rules and regulation. The track that existed prior to the revamping project would have never received the seal of approval from the FIA. Removing the infamous Peraltada Bend won’t be the only safety improvement the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit makes.
The sweeping three-turn chicane which opens the lap of the clockwise circuit will be tightened. The next sequence of corners – turns four, five and six – will also be tightened and slowed, giving more space for run-off, “but’s significantly quicker than [the] Hokenheim or COTA stadium sections,” says Tavo Hellmund.
Updates are focused mostly on bringing the circuit up, to not only meet the safety standards, but to surpass them with increased run-off areas, higher quality tarmac and improved drainage being installed, ensuring the circuit receives the necessary FIA Grade 1 certification.
Out with the Old, In with the New
The track won’t be the only thing getting a face lift. There will be a brand new pit building, press center, medical center, and a completely new and extended Formula One Paddock Club™ capable of housing more than 5,000 spectators in ultra-lavish comfort.
There are also remodeling projects in the works for new grandstands, but the existing Main Grandstand will remain but with the inclusion of a new “beach area” keeping fans close to the action. In addition, a new hospitality suites area, 33 new garages and the Foro Sol Baseball Stadium will also see a renovation.
Start your Engines...
The energy and excitement behind the return of this race to Mexico is electric and long overdue. Tavo Hellmund, although partial to the project says, “The Mexican Formula One Grand Prix will probably be the best event of the Formula One calendar.”
It is expected that over 350,000 people will attend over the three days of the weekend and 130,000 just on race day. It’s been 23 years since the race was held there last and much has changed in the
world of Formula 1™.
Make sure you’re there to see it for yourself like a true F1™ fan should. Whether you are an individual or corporate group, you will enjoy an unforgettable weekend watching the world’s most exciting sport, accompanied by world class cuisine, fine wines and exceptional service.
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