F1 CEO touches down in Colombia as plans for more races start

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Formula 1 chief executive Stefano Domenicali is visiting the Colombian city of Barranquilla this week as the country hopes to stage a round of the series. The city’s mayor Jaime Pumarejo is hoping to sign a 10-year deal to see F1 competed in Barranquilla from 2024 or 2025.

Colombian newspaper El Heraldo reported that F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali’s private jet touched down in Barranquilla earlier this week. However, the F1 boss has previously stated their is a ‘queue’ of countries wanting to hold rounds of the popular series which is restricted to 24 events.

“It is not yet a reality,” said Barranquilla mayor Pumarejo, “but we are in the race and we hope to reach the finish line. We do not want to generate false expectations.

“If it was signed, we could be talking about 2024 or 2025 and hopefully it would be for ten years. There are two semi-street circuits identified and approved – a plan A and a plan B. Both are within the metropolitan area.”

Next year will see the Las Vegas Grand Prix introduced, set to be hosted in November and talks were previously held for a South African Grand Prix at Kyalami. However, former Ferrari team principal Domenicali says the series is not likely to expand beyond 24 races.

Talking about the 2023 calendar, he said: “I think [the calendar’s] looking good, it’s great because we have a queue of people that wants to promote Formula 1 around the world. Of course, there is a limit which we need to work together with our friends at the FIA.


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“I think in that respect we have got to limit the calendar that is more or less on the air. So I don’t think we will be over 24.” Domenicali was at the Mexico Grand Prix last weekend which followed the United States GP the previous week.

Sky Sports host David Croft previously pushed Domenicali on whether the calendar would definitely not be higher than 24 races next year. The F1 boss added: “No. So you can tell your family to relax. Still half of the season they can be with you.”

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