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Mexico a possible F1 venue for the future - Todt

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mexico last held a grand prix in 1992 © Sutton Images

FIA president Jean Todt believes it is "possible" for Mexico to return to the Formula One calendar in the future, but has not revealed a timeframe or any concrete plans.

The country last hosted a race in 1992 at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in Mexico City and Todt says he sees "no reason" to rule out a return in future years.

"As part of the meetings I am doing I intend to see the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit," Europa Press quoted him as saying during a recent tour of the country. "Today Mexico is an economically strong country and I am convinced that in the future it is possible."

Several new venues have been linked to races in recent months - Cape Town in South Africa and New Jersey in the USA to name just two - without any certainty of a race taking place. Austin in the USA and Sochi in Russia are guaranteed places on the packed calendar in coming years, but Todt admitted there are still several obstacles to overcome before a race could be considered in Mexico.

"We know that the races have a cost," he added. "There are also a number of criteria for the approval of an event, especially in the safety parameter."

Sergio Perez is the only Mexican currently racing in F1 but the sport has long been popular in the country and next year's US Grand Prix in Austin is expected to draw fans across the border.