F1 heading to Colombia? Deal reportedly shut for ‘2024 or 2025’ : PlanetF1

The mayor of a Colombian metropolis has stated the “course of goes very properly” with regard to a brand new race vacation spot being added to the F1 calendar.

Components 1 lately introduced its largest calendar in historical past with 24 races set to go forward for the 2023 season however that could be a quantity that would rise even additional if studies are to be believed.

The Brazil Grand Prix represents the only South American race in 2023 nonetheless that quantity may double if a Colombian race will get the go-ahead.

Jaime Pumarejo Heins, the mayor of Barranquilla which is each a metropolis and district within the north of the nation, stated that Components 1 bosses had already visited town with the thought of a race being added there.

“What we are able to say is that the method goes very properly,” he advised Blu Radio as reported by MARCA. “Progress has been made in all of the earlier steps, earlier than a remaining choice.”

In accordance with MARCA, the race can be referred to as the Caribbean Grand Prix and would happen in 2024. Barranquilla is on the Caribbean coast and is 1,000km away from the nation’s capital, Bogotá.

Pumarejo Heins stated that the surroundings can be a serious focus of the race ought to or not it’s added and that it will not price town or the nation any cash.

“The local weather change effort we’re making within the metropolis can be one of the vital factors of this grand prix.

“As well as, it will be self-sustainable, ie, the event of the race wouldn’t price the nation and town, however, quite the opposite, would convey employment, tourism and recognition.”

Planning for the race seems to already be superior with the mayor stating that two routes, that are each road circuits, had been permitted.

“In one of many routes the river is the protagonist, in one other not, however each are within the metropolitan space of Barranquilla. We hope that, if all that is still to be performed, we may very well be speaking about 2024 or 2025 and it will be signed for 10 years.”

“It could be the occasion with the very best turnover in Colombia. A Components 1 grand prix has a turnover in two or three days of two.5 occasions what Corferias [a convention centre in Bogotá] has a turnover in the entire yr.”

The Concorde Settlement, which was signed in 2020 and lasts till 2025, dictates that 25 races is the utmost allowed per yr. If the Colombia race is added throughout the urged timeframe, the game would attain that ceiling.

Given the settlement expires in 2025 forward of sweeping energy unit modifications for 2026, it’s possible that restrict will rise even increased.

Learn extra: 5 key takeaways from the announcement of the F1 2023 calendar

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