The official draft calender for the 2014 Formula One season has been released, including a possible vital addition in Mexico City.
The track is one of 21 venues that make up a record number of races for a F1 season. The draft is released around this point every year, providing time for organisers and fans to plan ahead in advance, but with the awareness that things could change.
However, the inclusion of a race in Mexico is the big talking point. For the first time in two decades, it looks like Mexico is set to host a Formula One race again, with the confirmation of the circuit now only down to a contract between the track and F1 teams being agreed upon. However, such a huge possibility is something that is hard to turn down from the Mexican side.
The nation’s interest in the sport has inevitably been growing in recent years with Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez coming into the limelight in the world’s most popular motor sport.
Mexico City is set to host the race, but there has been concerns regarding the state of the nation’s main Grand Prix circuit. However, Bernie Ecclestone hasn’t been shy on giving circuits with work to do obtain a contract for the next season.
It will be a massive boost for sport on that side of the globe should this all go ahead as expected. North American and Mexican interest in F1 has certainly been lacking in the past, but it is now on the rise. The American GP in Austin is doing a fine job of making a real mark on the USA, but a real passion may arise from a Mexican GP with two home drivers to support it.
The other two new venues are Austria‘s Red Bull Ring and Russia‘s Sochi. There will be demand on the teams to travel to more countries than ever, but it looks set for what may well be the most globally-shared championship in decades.