Colombia, the last country to want to host a Formula 1 race
Colombian President Ivan Duque has revealed that the country is considering submitting a proposal to host a Formula 1 grand prix.
President Duque has said a semi-urban runway could be built in the port city of Baranquilla, on Colombia’s northern coast, with the city’s mayor, Jaime Pumarejo, also offering his support for the idea. a Colombian Grand Prix.
He acknowledged that the city would need to make changes to make it easier to hold a race in the future, and revealed that conversations with Formula 1 had already taken place.
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“Dreams, as a team, we are able to achieve them,” President Duque said during a “Country Building Workshop” in Colombia, quoted by the weather.
“Mayor Pumarejo says there is an option to present a project to have a Formula 1 circuit.
“It seems far away, but the mayor has already been in talks with the Formula 1 team.
“Adaptations have to be made, but it could be a semi-urban circuit on a route that will be reviewed by the organisers.
“Given that this is a sports proposal, the mayor has our support.”
Juan Pablo Montoya is one of only three Colombian drivers to have raced in Formula 1, Roberto Guerrero having driven for Ensign and Theodore in 1982 and 1983 respectively, while Ricardo Londono took part in the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend in 1981 .
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has enthused about worldwide interest in hosting races in the future, saying the sport could implement a 30-race schedule “tomorrow”, as is the global attraction of holding a grand prize.
In 2022, a record-breaking 23-race calendar is now in place for the coming season – and there is provision in the current Concorde agreement between the teams and the FIA to schedule up to 25 races per year.
After debuting in 2021, Qatar will enter the schedule full-time in 2023, while Saudi Arabia made their debut last season and Miami will make their first appearance on the schedule in May 2022.