Formula One Chief Open To More Middle East Races

19 November 2019
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As popularity of motor racing rises, there could be Grand Prix additions to the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi races

Motor racing fans in the Middle East could be looking forward to additions to the Formula One Grand Prix calendar to go alongside alongside the established races in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.

Speaking to Arabian Business ahead of the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, the CEO and executive chairman of Formula One Group Chase Carey said that more races in the region remain a possibility, as the popularity of the sport continues to rise.

“You should never say never. It’s just a question of finding the right opportunity,” Carey told the publication. “The average age of the population in this area is very young and it is opening up more and more to the rest of the world, and sport, especially Formula One, can be a great vehicle to accelerate this process.”

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The Bahrain Grand Prix launched in 2004 and Formula One racing came to the UAE’s capital five years later.

"Over the past decade, Abu Dhabi has become a special event on the Formula 1 calendar, with its floodlights, the marina and that touch of glamour which makes it unique,” Carey said.  “We believe that the Formula 1 of the future should be a cocktail of different ingredients, from the famous historic old venues such as Silverstone, Spa and Monza, to destination cities such as Singapore, Mexico City, Montreal and Melbourne, to dynamic cities like Hanoi which makes its debut next year and other venues that have a special attraction all of their own, such as Monaco and indeed Abu Dhabi.”

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The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix returns to Yas Marina Circuit for its 11th edition from November 28 until race day on December 1.

Lewis Hamilton claimed this year’s Formula One championship at United States Grand Prix in Austin two weeks ago. The current champion is now on six titles and needs just one more to equal the record held by Michael Schumacher, and he is also on 83 race wins, eight behind the German driver’s record total of 91.