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New races want F1 calendar spot

2011-06-20 08:06
NEW RACE VENUES: Argentina, Mexico and Hong Kong could be hosting a Grand Prix race in the near future.
Hong Kong has taken its first step towards the Formula 1 calendar as Red Bull's Jaime Alguersuari put on a demonstration in the Chinese city.

Automobile association president Wesley Wan is quoted by AFP  as saying Hong Kong is interested in staging a proper GP "one day". "This is the first step in gaining the support of the people," he told the South China Morning Post. "My dream is that Hong Kong, like Singapore, Malaysia and China, will be a stop on the Grand Prix circuit."

He revealed that Hong Kong was singled out as a potential F1 venue as far back as 1997. "And, as far as a street circuit is concerned, if Monte Carlo and Singapore can have it, why can't Hong Kong?"


Reports also said former F1 host Argentina, eyeing the renovation of the Velociudad circuit in Zarate, and Mexico, which was recently visited by Charlie Whiting, have been earmarked as potential future GP venues.

The Mexican link is particularly interesting, given the involvement at Sauber this year of the world's richest man, Carlos Slim, who is already backing the Swiss team's Mexican rookie Sergio Perez.

After sitting out Canada to recover from his Monaco qualifying crash, 21-year-old Perez said on Friday he hoped to return to racing in Spain next weekend.

"I feel perfectly well and I’m very much looking forward to racing in Valencia," he said.


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