Slim Domit Looks to Add Mexico Grand Prix to Formula 1 Race Schedule
Slim Domit, the son of the world's richest man Carlos Slim, is working to bring Formula 1 back to Mexico after an absence of nearly 20 years. In a column he wrote for FIA in Motion magazine, Slim writes about his desire to add Mexico to the Formula 1 race schedule,
"I embrace the idea and believe that a new race for Mexico is what, in colloquial English, is referred to as a 'no-brainer’…Mexico has long been close to Formula 1, closer to it indeed than it has been to many other racing series that have visited the country.”
Working closely with entertainment company CIE, Slim believes Mexico can capitalize on the global interest created by drivers such as Mexican, Sergio “Checo” Pérez, now racing for Sauber.
"The rise of a new generation of Mexican racers has only served to boost the interest in Formula 1. We not only have Sergio Perez impressing at Sauber, but waiting in the wings is another [Formula 1] star, Esteban Gutierrez.”
Slim also believes a Mexico Grand Prix would work perfectly to consolidate the sport in North America, Canada and beyond.
"Linking races in Canada and the US with a Mexican round would perfectly consolidate Formula 1's footprint in North and Central America and provide a viable bridge to the race in Brazil," he said.
Slim goes on to write that there are plenty of options for a Grand Prix track in Mexico, with a street circuit in Guadalajara one of possibilities being discussed.
"There are numerous choices for a new circuit, with second city of Guadalajara, which recently hosted the very successful Pan-American games, being an attractive option. Cancun, too, with its superb tourist infrastructure also remains a possibility. There is, in fact, no shortage of viable host cities nor of capable promoters."
He added: "The bottom line is that Mexico's loss of Formula 1 in 1992 was an unfortunate occurrence. However, the loss of Mexico to Formula 1 can now be seen as something more than unfortunate.”
"With a committed, educated fan base, local involvement at driver level, first class infrastructure, tourism potential and solid marketing imperatives all within easy reach, it is, in fact, a wonder that Mexico has been absent from the calendar for so long."