FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE MÉXICO 2016
Fri 28 – Sun 30 Oct 2016
- Practice 1
- 10:00 – 11:30
- Practice 2
- 14:00 – 15:30
- Practice 3
- 10:00 – 11:00
- 13:00 – 14:00
- 13:00 – 15:00
|3||DANIEL RICCIARDO||AUS||RED BULL RACING||227|
|6||MAX VERSTAPPEN||NED||RED BULL RACING||165|
|7||SERGIO PEREZ||MEX||FORCE INDIA||84|
|9||NICO HULKENBERG||GER||FORCE INDIA||54|
The gap: 26 points.
— Formula 1 (@F1) October 24, 2016
It’s true that if you put the US Grand Prix in June, people may spot-weld to the seats because let’s face it, it gets hot in Texas. Therefore, it would make sense to keep the US Grand Prix where it is on the calendar but circuit boss Bobby Epstein thinks that Formula 1 should move the Mexican Grand Prix to June to coincide with the Canadian Grand Prix for a leg in North America.
“Mexico had a real impact last year, we know it did,” Epstein said.
“There is value in spreading Mexico and Texas apart date-wise.
“I’m talking a gap of three or four months.
“If you make two trips to North America, you don’t put the two races that are closest together [back to back].
“I would put Mexico with Canada as it’s hot here in June and July – not pleasant like now.”
The issue at hand is the impact that the Mexican GP has had on attendance in Austin and perhaps no secret that the guy ousted from the USGP project, Tavo Helmund, helped launch that Mexican GP. Regardless, logistics would suggest that nailing Canada, US, Mexico and Brazill all make sense from a shipping and freight cost reduction model.
Four race in North America? Sure, they do that in AsiaPac don’t they? The first flyaway races of the season in fact when development is critical. I would think keeping the four races in the fall would make the most sense from a climate perspective too.
What do you think? It wouldn’t space the race out for Epstein in order to help reduce the impact on his attendance but it has to save F1 money in the long run. Do the flyaways, Middle East, Europe, North America, and Asia?
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT