Sebastian Vettel and Infiniti Marketing director Keith St. Clair talk with the media in June 2012 at the GP of America site. (Photo: GP of America)
The Mexican and New Jersey races that currently figure on the 2014 F1 World Championship calendar will both be absent from the final version when it emerges from the FIA World Motor Sport Council in December.
Sources have confirmed that Mexico is definitely off. While Bernie Ecclestone would not officially confirm to FOXSports.com that the race has been cancelled, he made it clear that the challenge of building a new pit complex in time for next November had proved insurmountable.
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A grid girl holds the Mexican flag. (Photo: Getty Images)
The FIA’s Charlie Whiting inspected the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City this week, as plans for a return of F1 to the country continue to progress.
The race has a date of Nov. 9 on a provisional calendar that was circulating at Monza, although it is subject to confirmation.
Whiting was accompanied by Austin F1 founder Tavo Hellmund, who has switched his focus to Mexico after being ousted from the Texas project. His late father Gustavo was a race promoter at the venue.
They were joined by FIA vice president and regular F1 race steward Jose Abed, who was also head of the Mexican GP organizing committee in past years.
Also in attendance was a leading representative from circuit design company Tilke, confirming that the German company will be responsible for the necessary upgrades.
The Mexico City venue previously hosted World Championship races from 1963-70 and 1986-92.