Mexico GP venue to become temporary hospital

The Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez, venue for the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix, will be transformed into a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients.

Mexico GP venue to become temporary hospital

The outbreak of COVID-19 has infected more than three million people worldwide, and led to upwards of 200,000 deaths since the first cases were confirmed at the start of the year.

In Mexico, the outbreak has swelled to 22,088 confirmed cases as of this weekend, with a death toll of 2,061. In a bid to stop the healthcare system in Mexico City from becoming overwhelmed, the Paddock Club area of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will be transformed into a makeshift hospital.

In a post on social media, the director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security Zoe Robledo, detailed the plans.

“This [the Paddock Club] is going to become an expansion hospital soon,” Robledo said. “It is where eight modules for hospitalisation have been installed.

“Each module has 24 beds and that is where the staff will be attending. In addition, 26 intensive care beds have been installed.” 

Read Also:

The paddock club has is being utilised due to its service lifts, which will allow for the safe moving of patients. Temporary lights and gas tanks have also been installed.

The 2020 Mexican Grand Prix was due to take place 1 November prior to the COVID-19 outbreak delaying the current season until at least July. 

In a recent statement, a race in Mexico does still factor into F1’s plans for a 15-18-round campaign.

The Mexico F1 and Formula E venue isn’t the only race circuit to have been repurposed during the coronavirus pandemic. London E-Prix venue, the ExCeL Centre, has become the Nightingale Hospital – a temporary facility for COVID-19 patients.

The FE event in London - which was due to be the season finale - has since been cancelled due to its use as a hospital.

Former Indian Grand Prix host, the Buddh International Circuit, also became a quarantine centre for migrant workers leaving Delhi after the country imposed a 21-day travel ban at the end of March. 

shares
comments
FE will scrap season if it can't run a race until September

Previous article

FE will scrap season if it can't run a race until September

Next article

Vergne: My dream for F1 and Formula E to merge in future

Vergne: My dream for F1 and Formula E to merge in future
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1 , General , Formula E
Author Lewis Duncan
Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth Prime

Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth

Jean Todt has signalled that he will not stand for re-election as FIA president. Mark Gallagher analyses the strong credentials of one potential successor…

General
May 2, 2021
The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing Prime

The lesson football’s would-be wreckers could learn from racing

OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be.

General
Apr 21, 2021
The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction Prime

The real-life racing rogues stranger than fiction

The forthcoming Netflix film linking the world of underworld crime and motorsport plays on a theme that isn't exactly new. Over the years, several shady figures have attempted to make it in racing before their dubious dealings caught up with them.

General
Jan 31, 2021
The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home Prime

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home

Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?

General
Dec 26, 2020
Why motorsport should consider a mid-week future Prime

Why motorsport should consider a mid-week future

International motorsport has been the preserve of weekends, but the pandemic forced Formula E to get creative with its Berlin season finale as four races were held mid-week. Should FE and other series break with tradition and repeat the experiment?

General
Oct 5, 2020
How pragmatic principles made Ron Tauranac a design legend Prime

How pragmatic principles made Ron Tauranac a design legend

Jack Brabham's 1966 world championship campaign in his eponymous car was also a defining moment in the career of designer Ron Tauranac, who would apply the same ethos to his ultra-successful production racing car business, Ralt.

General
Jul 23, 2020
The ingrained failure motorsport must fix to avoid 'turf wars' Prime

The ingrained failure motorsport must fix to avoid 'turf wars'

OPINION: The FIA has warned that the major motorsport championships must not get engaged in 'turf wars' when it comes to the urgent need to re-organising the 2020 calendars, but there are tedious past problems that must be addressed to satisfy all.

General
May 3, 2020
The tech changes that could seal a Nordschleife record Prime

The tech changes that could seal a Nordschleife record

Volkswagen's I.D. R smashed the Pikes Peak record and now its attention has been turned to Nurburgring Nordschleife. The ultimate benchmark there may appear far out of reach, but technical changes to the car have made a new electric record possible

General
May 3, 2019