Formula One in talks to start China road race

Sports | 16 Apr 2019 5:08 pm

Formula One is in talks with six local governments on the mainland this week about holding a second grand prix in the country, a senior F1 official said, with a Beijing road race said to have been floated, AFP reported.

A second grand prix – most likely on the streets – would complement the existing one on the US$450 million Shanghai International Circuit.

No country currently has two Formula One races, although F1 officials are negotiating for a second grand prix in the United States.

A source with knowledge of the matter said that a race on the streets of Beijing has been raised as one idea.

Sean Bratches, Formula One's managing director of commercial operations, did not confirm or deny the road-race plan.

"In terms of interest, we would be highly interested in a street race. It would be a nice juxtaposition to the purpose-built, extraordinary facility that we have here," Bratches said in Shanghai. He said Formula One chiefs will this week visit six potential host cities.

Liberty Media, which took over Formula One in early 2017 in a multibillion-dollar deal, wants to have more street races, believing that is the best way to attract new fans.

 

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