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Weather Hits Mexico City Arrivals

Torrential rain sees airport closed, flights diverted, major delays for drivers and team members

Despite the paddock buzz around the expected announcements from the FIA WEC/ ACO tomorrow with a a briefing for Team Principals at c.2pm local time before a closed door briefing with the permanent media pack at c.3:30 local, the major story over the past 24-48 hours has been the weather here in Mexico.

Overcast and dry during Tuesday and Wednesday during the daytime, the evenings and into the night have seen torrential downpours, particularly last night when conditions were so bad that all flights into Mexico City were diverted elsewhere after around 19:15 with the runway deemed too dangerous and massive congestion on the taxiways.

The picture above is from the access road to the airport with near waist high water on the main highway in places last night.

That saw several people involved in the FIA WEC meeting finding their planes landing, initially for refuelling, at airports including Acapulco and Cancun.

Acapulco diverted flights started to arrive in the wee small hours this morning but the British Airways flight, due into Mexico City at 8 pm yesterday is now stranded at Cancun where the passengers spent the night in a local hotel with appalling weather closing in.

That means that many of the travelling media, including DSC’s Stephen Kilbey and Peter May, and several drivers, including Porsche’s Nick Tandy, Ford’s Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx, Manor’s Jean Eric Vergne and Matt Rao, TDS Racing’s Manu Collard and Matthieu Vaxivierre and Gulf Racing’s Ben Barker are all confirmed as being involved with a huge thunderstorm and torrential rain currently grounding flights FROM Cancun.

Some are finding alternative service or routes with time still to spare of course before track action begins tomorrow

Several other drivers are either en route or awaiting departure from European and other start points with a massive backlog of flights into Mexico City there could be some very last minute arrivals in prospect!