Mexico to join F1 calendar
New race track in Cancun to be added to grand prix schedule for 2006
Mexico last hosted a Formula 1 grand prix in 1992
Mexico is set to win a return to the Formula 1 schedule in 2006 following the successful conclusion of talks with sport supremo Bernie Ecclestone for an event in Cancun. Official confirmation of the news, which was exclusively predicted by Autosport last year, is expected on Monday.
Talks between Mexican representatives and Ecclestone have taken place for more than 12 months but it now appears that agreement has been reached for the event to be handed an official slot on the calendar – a factor that will likely put further pressure on the British Grand Prix to justify its position.
From ITV, and they say Bernie might be there. If he shows up in Mexico City on Monday I will be more convinced.
Mexico could rejoin the F1 calendar in 2006, according to officials.
Mexico City already boasts a track, which hosted a number of grands prix up until 1992, but the plan is to build a new facility near Cancun.
The track, which would be near the international airport, would be funded almost entirely by local businessmen.
Artemio Santos, tourism minster for Quintana Roo state, said: "This benefits us in every way and gives Cancun an endless number of extra attractions.”
[B]Bernie Ecclestone is expected to fly north from Interlagos following this weekend's Brazilian GP to meet with the officials.[/B]