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Old 4 Feb 2019, 14:46 (Ref:3881901)   #1981
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Any confirmation?
I suspect the root of this story is this...

https://www.elfinanciero.com.mx/empr...maya-sheinbaum

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"By 2020, the federal government has no longer contemplated this resource because it is allocating most of the fund to the completion of the Mayan tourist train or the Mayan train," said Sheinbaum in a conference.

The federal government allocated 400 million pesos to receive Formula One each year. However, its presence in the country could end the following year due to lack of resources.
So it seems that starting in 2020, the money that would have previously been allocated for the F1 race will be used instead to help fund the "Maya Train" project which seems to be an infrastructure project to provide train service to popular tourist destinations. 2019 is not at risk, but 2020 would be a question mark as far as how to make it work financially?

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Old 4 Feb 2019, 18:27 (Ref:3881947)   #1982
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There's a brief description of the Mayan Train project at Yucatan Expat Life. Some highlights:

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The train is meant to get tourists off the beaten path, whisking them from bustling Cancun to less visited destinations, including Mérida, Izamal and Valladolid. It will reach as far as Palenque, in Chiapas, where archaeological ruins are the main attraction.
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The medium-speed train will connect 12 stations along more than 930 miles of track. The cost is likely to be between US$6 billion and US$8 billion, more than double previous estimates.
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Old 21 Feb 2019, 13:55 (Ref:3885770)   #1983
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COTA is in trouble, as it has apparently lost its state funding according to The Austin American-Statesman.

https://racer.com/2019/02/20/cota-de...-2018-f1-race/
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Old 21 Feb 2019, 14:30 (Ref:3885773)   #1984
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COTA is in trouble, as it has apparently lost its state funding according to The Austin American-Statesman.

https://racer.com/2019/02/20/cota-de...-2018-f1-race/
So they missed the deadline for some paperwork. Some may argue that the paperwork is pointless, but it seems that based upon the article they have provided this for other events, so it's less about the effort required (likely little in the grand scheme), but rather that they missed the deadline set by the state. Reading between the lines, the state agency is either...

A. Not wanting to continue to support the event and are looking for a reason to stop. Such as pointing to technicalities in the process.

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B. Annoyed with how COTA interacts with the state agency.

Without not knowing more details, and to be clear... pure speculation on my part... I tend to suspect it is "B" and that there is more to the story. Such as COTA is doing stuff to get under the skin of those who make the decisions on the state funding. Maybe COTA is "being difficult"? So the state agency is going to use this issue to beat COTA over the head to get them to implement some course correction. I actually expect that in the end this will be resolved. But... if the answer is actually "A" then... COTA has a long road to keep state funding.

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Old 21 Feb 2019, 17:06 (Ref:3885793)   #1985
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Shame COTA, is a good place to go for the atmosphere and it’s one of the better circuits on the calendar
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The latest on the Mexican GP situation. Racer reports that:

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A statement from the race organizers confirmed that a cut in government funding has resulted in a missed deadline to agree a new deal in order to retain the race’s position on the schedule, but say they are continuing to explore further options with both F1 and local authorities to keep the race.
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Old 5 Mar 2019, 13:20 (Ref:3888410)   #1987
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Seems Assen is now a no go and Zandvoort is the only hope of the Dutch GP
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Seems Assen is now a no go and Zandvoort is the only hope of the Dutch GP
I’m surprised that the perception is Zandvoort requires “minimal” work to be F1 ready.

Many years ago when the idea of a Dutch GP was floated, the paddock was deemed too small and the circuit would have to be modified to remove the long left hander behind the pits (can’t remember the name) in order to extend it out.

Personally I thought Assen looked to be a more F1-ready facility - even if the track layouts for both circuits isn’t conducive to good racing
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Who cares how big the paddock is? All that matters is how good the race track is!
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Who cares how big the paddock is? All that matters is how good the race track is!
Having watched the F3 around there, not good for racing.

So inadequate facilities and a poor track for racing don’t bode well for a classic
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I'm pretty sure Formula 1 cares…
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Who cares how big the paddock is? All that matters is how good the race track is!
Obviously it doesn’t matter to someone sitting at home watching the race on a screen.

But for all those having to work at the circuit, it is of huge importance!
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Just limit motorhome numbers. Problem solved!
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If Formula 1 leaves USA high and dry without a GP because of its own greed again it will be incredibly stupid. This will not work well with the car factories involved, this will not work well with the sponsors, this will not work well with millions of fans.
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If Formula 1 leaves USA high and dry without a GP because of its own greed again it will be incredibly stupid. This will not work well with the car factories involved, this will not work well with the sponsors, this will not work well with millions of fans.
COTA wouldn't need all that state funding if it wasn't for F1's exorbitant sanctioning fee and if this is about not wanting to continue to support the event, without any state funding, this could impinge on other series if state funding is stopped. F1 really needs to do something about the sanctioning fee.
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