Mexican Grand Prix promoter sees possibility of further F1 expansion in America : PlanetF1
A seventh F1 race in the Americas would be viable, according to the Mexican Grand Prix promoter.
And that will only encourage those who hope that a grand prix representing the Caribbean region, on the Colombian coast, can be added to the calendar.
Next year, six races will take place in North and South America – in addition to Canada, Brazil and Mexico, there will be three in the United States in the cities of Austin, Miami and a new one in Las Vegas.
But it could go up to seven in the eyes of Alejandro Soberon, CEO of the Mexican Grand Prix race promoters, due to the huge crowd that Formula 1 attracts on this side of the world.
“We like competition, that’s good because it keeps you fit and alert,” Soberon said as quoted by Motorsport.com.
“Three races in the United States…before, it was unthinkable. Today, that seems reasonable.
“I think Miami is going to be a really big success. You’ve seen the attendance in Austin. It’s a lot better than other years, it’s a stronger run.
“And all of the presales in Vegas are through the roof. So I think it’s good for the region, for the time zone. It is very good.
“So with Canada, three races [in the United States]Mexico and Brazil, the question is, is there room for another? My personal belief is that there is room for another.
“But it doesn’t have to go against another race in the same time zone. It may go against another time zone. So who would be at risk, how competitive is this offer? It will be very interesting.”
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali is would have traveled from Mexico directly to Colombia to discuss a potential grand prix at the port of Barranquilla, where officials are hoping for a 10-year contract to race from 2024 or 2025.
As for Mexico, they have been handed another three-year deal, but with an increasing number of locations wanting a piece of the F1 action, Soberon says Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez would only want to rotate the calendar as a last resort. if such a concept was introduced in the future.
“When you’ve sold every year, and every year you’re selling it faster than the year before, that’s something you don’t want to consider as a promoter,” Soberon said.
“Why should I run a race every two years when I can run one every year? I’m very competitive, I bring good dollars to Formula 1 and it’s a big market – the Mexican market has a lot to do with success in the US The Hispanic population there is very fond of racing.
“But for some countries that fail to get the right funding, certainly [rotation] would be an option.
“I’d rather have a race every two years than no race at all.”