Later today Formula One will complete it’s return to Mexico at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. The substantially upgraded circuit looks set host a thrilling race with a healthy mix of high speed corners and, hopefully, overtaking generating complexes.
Not looking to wish away the race weekend, but my thoughts have already begun to turn towards Brazil and the incredible Interlagos ( or Autódromo José Carlos Pace as the circuit is officially named). Last season the circuit agreed a contract extension with Formula One Management securing their place on the calendar until 2020. This extension was agreed under the proviso of the circuit owners undertaking substantial upgrades requiring investment upwards of $74 million.
In 2014 the entire circuit was resurfaced, the 2015 upgrades have been equally substantial, with a new media centre and paddock buildings having been developed. This has required the circuit to be closed for much of the year, the following images reveal the extent of the work completed and the progress made by the circuit:
Images taken following the demolition of the existing infrastructure in April 2015
Images of the new media centre positioned on pit lane entry and new team buildings in the paddock. Images published October 23rd.
From these images it looks like there is still some work to be done to complete the buildings prior to F1’s arrival in a just two weeks time, but on the face of it the circuit owners appear to have successfully developed new facilities at the circuit without destroying the soul of this historic venue.
Images sourced through: Autódromo de Interlagos