FIA vicepresident Jose Abed hopes Mexico will host a Formula One race from 2010. He says Bernie Ecclestone has been authorized to expand the calendar to 20 races and as a result there will be room for Mexico.
“The changes will be made by 2010 and, if it happens, we’ll need to work hard to have a proper track; still, we must wait for Bernie Ecclestone decision to include Mexico in Formula One since there are already 18 venues, and two more will accepted.”
Mexico may be “ready” but it looks like Mr. Abed has forgotten something.The 2009 Formula 1 calendar already has 19 races with Abu Dhabi being the newest F1 venue. And then, in 2010, South Korea and India are expected to host races and that means that instead of having 2 slots on the calendar to spare, FIA is already now short of one. If the room for Mexico becomes available it will not come from expanding the calendar. Some existing races will have to make that room (see more on that in this post)…
Mexico hosted F1 races between 1963-1970 and then again between 1986-1992. This very Jose Abed with his brother Julian were behind that 1986 return of F1 to Mexico. Four cities – Mexico City, Puebla, Cancun and Tijuana – are said to be interested in having the race should F1 decide to return to Mexico again.
Melbourne (Australian GP), Hungaroring (Hungarian GP) recently renewed their contracts with Ecclestone, Donnington (British GP) has been confirmed as new venue for British GP from 2010.