Slim Domit, son of the world’s richest man Carlos slim, who’s worth an estimated £47 billion ($74b), believes a return to Mexico is a no-brainer for Formula 1.
The country hasn’t had a race since 1992 when the final race in Mexico City took place, won by the dominant Nigel Mansell, but with a renewed interest thanks to the likes of Sergio Perez, Slim believes the sport should return in the very near future.
“I embrace the idea and believe that a new race for Mexico is what, in colloquial English, is referred to as a ‘no-brainer’,” Domit told the FIA in Motion magazine.
“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.
“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 star, Esteban Gutierrez. He is a Formula 1 star in the making.”
The businessman has been working with CIE entertainment in a bid to see the sport return, a move which is backed by Bernie Ecclestone.
Slim Domit says a race in Mexico, following the Canadian and US GP’s would make sense, as it would then lead onto the Brazilian GP in South America.
“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 added.
“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.”