Learn from Mexico, Ecclestone tells European promoters

Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:53pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - European race promoters should come to Mexico to see how it should be done, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Thursday after assuring the country's long-term future on the calendar.

Without singling out any European races -- although it could be assumed Italy, Germany and Britain would be high on the 85-year-old's list -- Ecclestone said Mexico's return for the first time in 23 years provided a useful lesson to others.

"This is when some of our people in Europe who complain about things, when they realize what people like these do to promote the race and make it happen and compare it with what they do," he told Reuters in the pitlane of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

"For them mostly, Sunday night when the race finishes that’s it. They remember it sort of a week before the next year's (event).

"We should get some of the European promoters to come to these races and have a look and see what they should be doing," he added.

Germany was absent this year due to financial reasons, despite it being the home of Mercedes, while Italy's Monza circuit has yet to agree a contract beyond 2016.

Mexican race promoters CIE are the world's third largest concert and events organisers and are expecting a crowd of more than 100,000 on Sunday.

The circuit that last hosted a race in 1992 has been updated for the times, with the track twisting through the old baseball stadium instead of the full extent of the daunting Peraltada curve that is no more.   Continued...

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone speaks to the media at the paddock area ahead of the Russian F1 Grand Prix in Sochi, Russia, October 9, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov