F1 returns to Canada this weekend for the first time since 2019. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been unable to host races in recent years due to the Covid crisis, but the iconic track is back once again . All eyes will be on Montreal as Max Verstappen looks to extend his lead atop the standings. The F1 calendar has seen many new venues in recent years, mainly due to Covid.
The Algarve Circuit in Portimao, Portugal debuted in 2020 and even returned in 2021.
And last season, Saudi Arabia entered the world of F1 alongside the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.
Fans have already been treated to a new circuit at the Miami Grand Prix this year, and the United States is also gearing up for another race in Las Vegas next year.
With the increase in F1 stock, other countries and locations are eager to get involved. Where could the sport go in the future?
In January, Colombian President Iván Duque revealed that the country was considering submitting a proposal to host a grand prix.
He suggested that a semi-urban road could be built in the port city of Barranquilla, on Colombia’s northern coast.
Duque said at the time: “Dreams, as a team we are capable of achieving them.
“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 are to be made, but it could be a semi-urban circuit with a layout that the organizers will review.
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“Since this is a sports proposal, the mayor has our support. »
South Africa is a country much closer to an agreement.
After last week’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali flew straight to South Africa to discuss a possible return.
Lewis Hamilton has been one of the biggest supporters of a race in Kyalami, located north of Johannesburg.
The site hosted F1 races between 1967 and 1985, then again in 1992 and 1993, and could return to the calendar next year, according to reports.
Germany is a country synonymous with motorsport thanks to legends like Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
The Nurburgring is also one of the most famous circuits in the world and may host races again in the future.
Track officials said in January they were open to discussions with F1 chief executive Mr Domenicali.
The last race took place at the German track in 2020 when the Eifel Grand Prix replaced one of the events canceled during the pandemic.
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Domenicali said last year that “there should be an open discussion to explore how Formula 1 can return to Germany”.
But the F1 CEO also added: “Unfortunately I see no real interest from Germany to be part of the Formula 1 calendar again. It’s a shame and really hard to believe. I hope that will change again in the future.
Nurburgring officials have responded to the comments, saying they plan to make an offer to have the German Grand Prix return to the track, but only on “economically sound” terms.
Last November it was reported that the UK could host a second F1 race.
Silverstone is a fixture on the calendar, but the Daily Mail has reported that US investment firm 777 Partners is in talks to stage a race in the UK capital.
The proposed circuit would be located in East London.
Josh Waters of 777 Partners reportedly said: “We hope it comes. We are very excited about this.
“There will be an electric atmosphere as the world’s best athletes, along with an international fan base and the world’s biggest corporations as sponsors, descend on the docks for the race weekend.
“Most importantly, we will build a world-class sports and entertainment complex that can serve the community year-round and revitalize the surrounding areas.
“It’s the kind of thing that you can’t really quantify until it actually happens, but the impact is dramatic. »
London Mayor Sadiq Khan appeared to support the idea, saying in a statement at the time: “London is always open to hosting the biggest and best sporting events in the world, from the UEFA Euro 2020 to the NFL, to the Cricket World Cup for the grown-ups. Baseball League.
“The mayor believes it should be possible to stage a race in London in the future and has asked his team to explore options with F1. »
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