Mexico gears up for the return of Formula 1 after 23 years

Baku, October 30, AZERTAC

For the first time in 23 years, Formula 1 fever has returned to Mexico, but watching this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix live will be coming at a price for some, according to elpais.

Although the best seats for the practice sessions, qualifying and actual race were sold out soon after they went on sale, some websites are offering tickets at hugely inflated prices.

The original cost of seats on the F1 official website ranged from $92 to $1,200, but now even the cheapest ones are reselling online for around $790.

The most expensive tickets for this weekend’s F1 race, which include access to VIP areas and the pits, are going for as much as $13,500, with some websites offering payment plans.

In Mexico, the resale of tickets for shows and sports events is common, and ticket “scalpers” are often found at the entrance to venues making transactions with customers that are far from legal.

The excitement surrounding Sunday’s race has also raised expectations about the improved track and new infrastructure at the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

Just hours before the first practice run was set to begin, Mexico City officials were still busy fixing up the areas adjacent to the circuit, which are in stark contrast to the poorer neighborhoods surrounding it. Workers have repaved the streets near the circuit and remodeled nearby subway stations.

The Mexican government announced just over a year ago that, along with a group of businessmen, it would be investing around $360 million to bring Formula 1 back to Mexico. The last time an F1 race was held there was in 1992.

Work on the circuit and improvements began at the beginning of this year with German track engineer Hermann Tilke in charge of the project.

His team, which has previously built F1 circuits in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi and Austin, Texas, worked round the clock to remodel the track to try to reduce the risks on certain corners and increase spectator capacity to 75,000.

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