Formula One race director Charlie Whiting has completed a visit this week to the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico, where he inspected the ongoing construction work ahead of the circuit's return to the series schedule later this year.
The visit came as part of the official FIA inspection process which will see the track eventually receive Grade 1 status to enable it to host the Mexican Grand Prix.
Whiting declared himself happy with the work so far, though there is still much work to be carried out in the five months to go to the race. He walked the track and inspected the areas where safety barriers will be installed and also took particular interest in the kerbing that is being laid out around the course.
Modifications to the circuit in Mexico City – which last hosted Formula One in 1992 – are being overseen by Hermann Tilke's company. Construction on the new pits and paddock began in January, while asphalting work began in March and will continue until next month.
When complete, the revised circuit will have an almost completely new layout with additional run-off in most places, though continuing to follow a route reasonably close to the original – similar to the revisions undertaken by Tilke to the Fuji circuit in Japan. The famous Peraltada corner, however, will not be retained in full, as the cars will be diverted through the adjoining baseball stadium, in front of what promise to be packed grandstands.