The Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City is set to become the first permanent racetrack in the electric series.
The Mexican ePrix has been in the spotlight for a number of weeks of whether the race will be on or off. Formula E’s CEO Alejandro Agag has admitted that the location of the race has been confirmed, and we are waiting for a mid-November announcement about the location of round five of the championship.
A source close to Formula E Zone suggested that talks initially stalled between Formula E and Mexico City officials as Mexico’s capital city did not want to create a street circuit when they had spent money on refurbishing the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit that will host its first Formula One Grand Prix since 1992.
As Formula E is about street circuits, the series did not want to race on a permanent race track, which goes against the philosophy of why the brand new electric motorsport was created.
However, the Mexcian circuit is close to the city centre of Mexico City, as the track is only 20 minutes away from the heart of the city and only 14 minutes away from Mexico City International Airport.
Therefore, Mexican officials persuaded Formula E to host an ePrix because the race track is in the heart of the city centre, which enables the sport to meet its promise of bringing the race to the fans even though the race will being held at a real circuit.
There is also scope for a date change if needed by the Mexican officials to fit the race in, as Formula E are allowed to change the proposed date of the race, which they recently have done with the Beijing ePrix.
The layout of the circuit is yet to be revealed, and if Formula E do announce Mexico City and the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit as the location to hold round five, it will be interesting to see what the track layout will look like.