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Formula 1 circuits that never were

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    School holidays have just begun, and that means I’m already bored. No school means no work. No work means my mind tends to wander, and I started thinking about this proposal for a race in London that most people believe will never thinking. Following that thought through to its conclusion, I started wondering about circuits that were planned to host Grand Prix, but never actually happened. And while trawling the internet waiting for something to happen, I found a lap of the Moscow Raceway, which Wikipedia tells me was intended to host the Russian Grand Prix in 2010, but – for reasons the article never makes clear – obviously never eventuated. Even travelling at 100km/h, there’s some tricky-looking corners there. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like at race speeds, until I found out that Formula Renault 3.5 is heading there later this month (becoming the first major international motorsport series to race in Russia, no less), so at least my curiosity will be satisfied.

    But what other circuits are there that were planned to hold races, but they ultimately fell through?

    #204840
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    No work means my mind tends to wander

    I’m trying to think of something funny to say to connect to your usual loquaciousness in the months September to June, but I’ve got nothing.

    As something remotely relevant to the thread, in the nineties the Zandvoort circuit was revamped and there had been talk of “now we are ready to get back the Grand Prix again”, which never materialised as unfortunately it’s not a particularly brilliant track, and probably too small and narrow for F1 cars anyway.

    #204841
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    Not sure I’d get bored in Australia, even in winter. Anyways, Autopolis in Japan springs to mind. I don’t feel it’s a big loss since I’d rate it somewhere on par with the Tilkenized Fuji. Not bad, but can’t hold a candle to Suzuka.

    There’s also a bunch of them that never got materialized, like Les Mureaux and Velociudad Speedcity. Glad nobody got it in their heads to build those atrocities.

    Oh and the Mexican Grand Prix at Cancun.

    #204842
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    Donington is the only one that jumps out for me… I also believe there was meant to be a Romanian GP in Bucharest…

    #204843
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    Spinmastermic
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    Tilke drew up plans for an A1 GP around the streets of Dublin. Monaco without the yachts.

    #204844
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    I believe there were also plans for a Grand Prix in Lebanon – in Beirut, I tihnk – back in 2004, but it never happened.

    #204845
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    Dubai Autodrome and Losail are the only tracks which currently currently FIA Grade 1 status that haven’t ever held an F1 GP. And since you need to specifically ask the FIA to get the grade, it means they want an F1 race.

    #204846
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    And since you need to specifically ask the FIA to get the grade, it means they want an F1 race.

    I don’t think it’s as definite as that. Perhaps they simply want the option of hosting Formula 1 in the future.

    #204847
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    @prisoner-monkeys Why not get the license later then? Maybe it’s already expired by the time they get the race and those things don’t come cheap.

    I suspect they wanted to serve as a backup plan for Bahrain.

    #204848
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    Here’s a few that I found online:

    Cape Town – http://www.etracksonline.co.uk/News/images/capetown.gif

    Disneyland Paris – http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7228/7084275519_6facf3fc1b.jpg

    Balearic Islands – http://s1.aecdn.com/images/news/mallorca-targets-f1-race-in-2013-or-2014-21973_1.jpg

    Nagatino Island (Moscow) – http://www.etracksonline.co.uk/News/images/nagatino.gif

    Somewhere in Greece – http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X_LzGS303Dc/Tc2DltVXFeI/AAAAAAAACV4/2bKRP7Gpj2o/s1600/assets_LARGE_t_1041_336580_.jpg

    Tor Poznań, Poland – http://s1.blomedia.pl/autokult.pl/images/2012/01/fot-simracingpl-.gif

    Beirut – http://i1002.photobucket.com/albums/af142/bullheadpics/Picture0002-1.jpg

    And these are just the ones that got to the stage where they had circuit plans drawn up.

    Why not get the license later then? Maybe it’s already expired by the time they get the race and those things don’t come cheap.

    Because that would mean making changes to the circuit at a later date. It would be cheaper and easier – especially in the long term – to build the circuit to Grade-1 standards to begin with.

    Because despite your claims that they absolutely want a Grand Prix, they have never put orward a bid to have one. Losail was briefly mentioned as a potential alternative venue in the event this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix fell through, but that’s it.

    #204849
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    Autopolis, in Japan, wasn’t built specifically for Formula One, but was intended to hold a future F1 event. Even though they were a sponsor of the ’90 and ’91 Benetton team, the only International race held there was one WSC race. It’s still open but it holds mostly regional events like Super GT and such.

    #204850
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    Because that would mean making changes to the circuit at a later date. It would be cheaper and easier – especially in the long term – to build the circuit to Grade-1 standards to begin with.

    Because despite your claims that they absolutely want a Grand Prix, they have never put orward a bid to have one. Losail was briefly mentioned as a potential alternative venue in the event this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix fell through, but that’s it.

    I didn’t say they desperately want a GP, I didn’t even imply it. What I mean is that, the way I understand the FIA Grade licenses work, you ask for an inspection for a certain grade, not that the FIA looks around and decides it’s a 1, 2 or 3. So even if they — understandably — opted to build a track that is good enough for Grade 1, there’s no need to have that license until you actually are willing to host F1, because a Grade 1 license is considerably more expensive.

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