Exactly what it says in the thread title: which countries should have a Grand Prix, but for some bizarre reason have been perpetually overlooked?
The most obvious one is Finland, seeing as how it’s given us Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen and a few others. France and Argentina are other popular choices, whether because they did have a Grand Prix and have since had it taken away, or because some crazy guy decided to build a road around a lake and then race cars on it, only to find out it was a brilliant piece of road.
But where else should Formula 1 go?
It’s long been my belief that, in order to be a true World Championship we need at least one race in each major geopolitical region. And with that in mind, while it’s a positive that we’re going to visit the Indian Subcontinent next year, we still need to go to Russia and Africa – probably South Africa, since they’re the only ones who stand a chance of affording it – in order to be complete. And maybe somewhere in Central America, too; we used to have Mexico (but that’s kind of being serviced by Austin from 2012), and there was a Cuban Grand Prix back in 1959, but a group of rebels kidnapped Juan Manuel Fangio. Actually, Cuba never should have lost the race because a group of Cuban rebels kidnapped Juan Manuel Fangio. It’s also exotic. The only other geopolitical area that goes untouched is Central Asia … but what the hell is in Central Asia? Who here would be honestly thrilled at the prospect of a Kazakhstan Grand Prix (even if the name sounds cool)?
Bear in mind that I’m not looking for actual circuit, so there’s no need to specify Laguna Seca or Paul Ricard or wherever. I’m thinking the actual countries that Formula 1 should visit in some way. No am I looking for races that should be replaced – just the countries that Formula 1 should make it its mision to visit at some point in the next ten years. Like Austria. Red Bull is Austrian and experiencing a hell of a lot of success, so why not give them a home race?