New city race: Formula 1 plans become more concrete
After Monaco, Singapore and Baku, Formula 1 could soon become its fourth city race. Planning for a Grand Prix in Scandinavia is progressing.
Formula 1 could soon include another city race in its calendar. Negotiations for a Grand Prix in Copenhagen, Denmark, are progressing.
“We are excited about the opportunity to develop a potential race here in Denmark. Copenhagen offers a great platform,”said Formula 1 boss Chase Carey after a conversation between the Danish initiators and representatives of the royal class of the Reuters agency.
Copenhagen could be an integral part of the World Cup programme by 2020. Currently, Monaco, Singapore and Baku are part of the calendar.
Former Danish Education Minister Helge Sander and ex-Saxo-Bank co-owner Lars Seier Christensen developed the plan for a race in the historic city of Copenhagen:”In June we were already in London and presented our project there. After that we had two more meetings, the meeting in Copenhagen was already the fourth meeting,”explained Sander at motorsport magazine. com.
There is already a draft for the track. The German track architect Hermann Tilke was consulted for this purpose:”The atmosphere there is special and very different from the previous city courses. A race there would be different from everyone else,”Tilke said enthusiastically.
One round is to be 4.7 kilometres long, cross several bridges across the Baltic Sea and cross at one point. A total of 100,000 spectators could attend the races.
But there are still a few hurdles to overcome:”Of course, we still have a lot of problems on the table,”Sander admitted:”There are still worlds between us, but I have the feeling that Formula 1 really wants to come to Copenhagen”.
It’s mainly about money. Entrance fees such as Russia, Azerbaijan and Co. It would be a cheap race,”said Sander:” This is also necessary: If we need as much money as other places, it would be impossible. It is very important that we can keep costs down. We made that clear to Formula One.”