Daily Archives: August 11, 2011

Mexico to return to Grand Prix calendar?

After a 20-year absense from the F1 calendar, rumours are abound that a revival of the Mexican Grand Prix is being planned.

The main people involved appear to be CIE, a Mexican entertainment company, as well as Carlos Slim Domit, son of Carlos Slim – the world’s richest man. Previously this year, Slim’s company Telmex organised a sponsorship deal with the Sauber team.

One of the venues being investigated is the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, which has hosted 15 Grands Prix in the past. However, there are several problems with this track. Firstly, the surface of the track is reported to be extremely bumpy, which would render Formula 1 cars useless.

Secondly, the high altitude (2.285 km above sea level) would cause considerable problems for teams. The thinner air would be a hindrance to drivers, as well as engine air intakes. It has been confirmed that a large upgrade of track facilities would be necessary in order for Formula 1 to return here.

According to Reuters, the other option at the moment seems to be a new street circuit, located in Guadalajara. This city has been praised for huge economic potential, as well as a large young population. It has been touted as a “city of the future”. However, no concrete circuit plan has been drawn up yet.

Mexico currently has its first Formula 1 driver since Héctor Rebaque back in 1981.

New development plans for Silverstone

Silverstone appears set for another redevelopment

Silverstone appears set for another redevelopment

After the construction of a new pit and paddock facility last year, the owners of the Silverstone circuit have moved forward with plans for further development of the area.

2011 was the first year that F1 cars raced using the new complex, called “The Wing”, as well as a relocated start/finish straight and new grandstand.

Today, news has emerged that the owners wish to add a business park, technology park, education campus, three hotels, a new karting track as well as an outdoor stage to the current track.

Spectator facilities are also being planned, which are known to include a museam of motorsport.

This development is being touted as “the most important initiative that Silverstone has taken in its 60-year history” by managing director Richard Philips:

"Approval of this planning application will help maintain Silverstone’s position as 
a leading global centre for sport, leisure, education and technology and support its 
vision of becoming a world-leading motor sport destination."