After months of uncertainty, the Mexican Grand Prix has been confirmed to be remaining on the Formula 1 calendar for the next three seasons, with organisers signing a new deal on Thursday.
Before the start of the 2019 season the futures of five races in Spain, Britain, Germany, Italy, and Mexico were up in the air. With the Netherlands already confirmed as returning next season it was thought Mexico could be the race to be dropped, but organisers have announced on Twitter that an agreement has been reached.
"The City of Mexico's #FIESTA will continue! Thanks for being the best fans on the planet. Stay tuned on our social channels tomorrow to know all the details," said the race's official Twitter account.
The race will once again take part in Mexico City, and mayor Claudia Sheinbaum posted a short video congratulating her home on the great news.
"I want to share some good news that I just received," she said.
"Formula 1 is staying in Mexico City. The FIA president is going to be here tomorrow to sign it. This is good news for the city.
"I also want to tell you that this is thanks to a group of businessmen who made this possible because this time the city is not using any public funds.
"It's good news for the city. It brings tourism, it brings income, and it's also good for the country."
After an absence since 1993, the race returned in 2015 with the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez being the chosen track.
In a statement on the Formula 1 website, Liberty Media CEO Chase Carey said:
“We are pleased to have renewed our partnership with Mexico City, which will now host the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix until at least 2022. Ever since it returned to the championship calendar in 2015, this event has always proved to be amazingly popular with the public and fans, not just in Mexico, but also around the world. Proof of this is the fact that the race promoter has won the FIA award for the best event no fewer than four years in a row and, in those four years, over 1.3 million spectators have attended the Grand Prix.
"The Grand Prix has also been an important economic driver for the city, reinforcing its credentials as a centre for tourism. I would like to thank the Mayor, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo and the entire government of Mexico City for all their efforts in ensuring that Formula 1 continues in Mexico and I look forward to seeing another big crowd of fans at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from 25 to 27 October for the Formula 1 Gran Premio de Mexico 2019.”
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