Formula 1 chief executive officer Chase Carey believes a grand prix in Copenhagen can “provide a great platform” as talks continue over a potential race in 2020.
Last year, plans emerged for a city race around the streets of the Danish capital, with there currently being no grand prix in Scandinavia on the F1 calendar. While those plans have been ongoing, Carey has now suggested Copenhagen provides the sort of venue that the sport’s owners, Liberty Media, are keen to include on the schedule when it adds new events.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to explore a potential race here in Denmark…” Carey is quoted as saying by Reuters following a visit to the city this week. “I think Copenhagen represents the type of location that we think can really provide a great platform.
“Scandinavia has been a great part of our sport and having local drivers is always a plus.”
Liberty has previously made clear that it would like to introduce more races in destination cities around the world, hoping to tweak the current calendar to feature a mix of street races and traditional circuit venues.
The consortium hoping to bring the race to Copenhagen is led by former minister Helge Sander and Saxo Bank co-founder and former CEO Lars Seier Christensen.
“They don’t just see it as Copenhagen but as all of Scandinavia which is a potential market for them,” Christensen added.
Kevin Magnussen is currently the only Danish driver on the grid, having joined Haas a year ago after spells at McLaren and Renault, while Finnish pair Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen as well as Swede Marcus Ericsson add to the Scandinavian contingent.
The last Formula 1 race to be held in Scandinavia was the Swedish Grand Prix, which took place at Anderstorp from 1973-1978.