Mexican GP promoter prefers Texas back-to-back

Mon Nov 9, 2015 2:42pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Mexican Grand Prix organizers would rather have their Formula One race paired with neighboring Texas than be back-to-back with Brazil, promoter Alejandro Soberon said on Monday.

"I think honestly, personally, it is a better idea to have it back-to-back with Texas," he told Reuters in a telephone conversation following up Mexico's successful return to Formula One after a 23-year absence.

"It creates an opportunity for European and Asian fans to come to this part of the world and in the space of 10 days see two races," said the chief executive of Corporacion Interamericana de Entretenimiento (CIE).

"My opinion is that it’s best back-to-back with Austin than to Brazil."

Some 135,000 spectators turned up on race day, Nov. 1, at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit to witness Mexico's first grand prix since 1992.

The previous weekend, a rain-hit one in Texas, Britain's Lewis Hamilton had won his third world championship with Mercedes.

Next year's provisional calendar has Mexico penciled in for a Nov. 6 date, on the weekend before the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo. The U.S. round is scheduled as a stand-alone race on Oct. 23.

Soberon said this year's slot, coinciding with Mexico's Day of the Dead national holiday, was perfect for both locals and visitors.   Continued...

Alejandro Soberon Kuri of live events company CIE delivers a speech during a news conference to announce a Formula One race in Mexico City July 23, 2014. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril