London.- U.S. Grand Prix promoter Bobby Epstein is still pushing for his race in Texas to be split from neighboring Mexico on the Formula One calendar.
The two races are on back-to-back weekends, with Austin’s Circuit of the Americas playing host on Oct. 22 before the action shifts to Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Oct. 29. Epstein has long maintained that the scheduling is more geared for Formula One’s convenience, from a standpoint of logistics and saving on freight costs, than in the best interests of fans and sponsors.
Any hopes that the sport’s new owners Liberty Media, who took over in January with a fan-first approach, might change the arrangement were dashed when the pairing was retained on the draft 2018 calendar.
“They came out with their calendar in June…and I don’t expect that to change any time soon. I think it’s going to be that way,” Epstein told Reuters in a telephone interview.
“It would certainly be better for the promoter if the races were further apart on the calendar. Mexico with Canada. We’d be with Brazil.”
Mexican Grand Prix organizers are happy with their date, which comes just before the annual Day of the Dead holidays. That race is backed by the government, which pays the hosting fees to Formula One and sees it as an important driver for tourism and Mexico’s image abroad.
Source: Eurosport- Reuters