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Danish Grand Prix looking unlikely for 2020 debut

23-09-2018 08:15
by Jake Williams-Smith
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Danish Grand Prix looking unlikely for 2020 debut

A possible Danish Grand Prix might not be one of the newest additions to the Formula One calendar after all as Danish ministers questioned the viability and sense to host a Formula One race around the streets of Copenhagen.

According to Pitpass.com, Denmark's Finance Minister Kristian Jensen has ruled out the possibility of the event taking place due to a lack of government support whilst also citing financial difficulties.

"The government is prepared to put some money into the hosting of Formula 1 in Denmark," Jensen said.

"But we don't think it's reasonable that the city where such a large event is to take place does not also contribute economically.

"We ask all cities to be a part of funding when a major sporting event is in town. So it is also fair for Copenhagen Municipality to do this."

The track had been designed by famous F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke and would have run in front of the Danish parliament buildings around a 2.79-mile circuit on the streets of the capital city.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting had been hopeful of a date being announced for the race sooner rather than later, citing a possible 2020 debut however that now appears to be in doubt.

"From our point of view it is entirely possible that we'll be there," he said earlier this month. "It can easily be done by 2020."

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