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Formula One: Mexican Grand Prix to go ahead despite devastating earthquake

Race organisers said that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City was not damaged and the Mexican Grand Prix is still due to be staged at the end of next month.

other sports Updated: Sep 21, 2017 20:02 IST
Drivers in their cars line up on the starting grid moments before the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.
Drivers in their cars line up on the starting grid moments before the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix.(AFP)

The Mexican Grand Prix is set to go ahead as scheduled next month despite a devastating earthquake in the region.

At least 230 people were killed when a huge tremor struck southern Mexico on Tuesday.

Race organisers said that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City was not damaged and the race is still due to be staged at the end of next month.

Asked if the race was in doubt, Mexican GP director of marketing Rodrigo Sanchez said: “I don’t think so. If things stay the same, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing, keep helping.

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“The track is fine and we just need to refocus and get the show done.

“It’s a relatively new circuit. In Mexico all the new structures are built with that purpose because the chances are very high.

“It’s been inspected twice already, from the track surface and also the buildings, and it’s okay. So we’ll continue doing the assessments as we go but so far there’s really no concern, we’ll have a race.”

Force India driver Sergio Perez donated three million pesos to the Mexico earthquake fund after a second natural disaster struck his homeland.