China may be a fast-rising economic power on the international stage but the world’s most populous country has yet to play much of a role in Formula 1, despite the Chinese Grand Prix being run since 2004. However, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso could play a key role in changing that in the years ahead.
Ahead of this year’s Chinese GP this weekend, Alonso announced that his Fernando Alonso Karting School, which previousy has operated primarily in his native Spain, will be expanding into China in a big way. The school will build 40 karting tracks in China over the next five years.
Big day for the FA Karting School. We will be in China on la long term project to find the Chinese F1 champion of the future.On the next 5 years, 40 race tracks will be build, giving the opportunity to the best talents in the country to follow their dreams. Passion for motorsport pic.twitter.com/Sw16dr4wjm
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) April 11, 2018
Alonso plans to tie in the program with the growing Esports movement. Alonso himself owns an Esports F1 team in partnership with Logitech, and the school plans to equip its Chinese karting facilities with simulators for Esports racing.