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New deal for Mexican GP announced

7th August 2019, 17:35 by Daniel McCarthy

Mexican Grand Prix organisers have announced the race will remain on the calendar beyond the 2019 season.

The race has taken place on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City since 2015 after it was announced the sport would be heading back there following a 23-year absence.

It was one of five races whose contract came up for renewal at the end of the season along with the British, Spanish, Italian, and German grands prix.

The withdrawal of public funding for the race put its future under threat, despite enormous crowds being drawn helped by the presence of countryman Sergio Perez on the grid.

However, the official Twitter feed has seemingly confirmed that talks to prolong the event have been successful, with a new three-year deal reported.

"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," the Twitter page said.

Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also announced the news, saying: "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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