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Dominican Republic next to eye F1?

One presential candidate in the Dominican Republic has vowed to bring F1 to the island nation should he be voted into power.
Even as doubts are cast over the future of the Korean Grand Prix, and the return of France to the F1 schedule appears to hinge on the outcome of impending national elections, other candidates to fill the void continue to emerge.

Indeed, it is amid rumours that the sport could expand beyond the 'gentleman's agreement' limiting the schedule to 20 races that the unlikely surroundings of the Dominican Republic has emerged as a contender to host possibly the most unexpected F1 race yet.

However, according to respected F1 journalist Joe Saward, that is a distinct possibility as presidential candidate Danilo Medina has vowed to use government money to pay the hefty race fees if private finance can be found to construct an F1-standard circuit in the Caribbean country.

The report suggests that the move could be a means of boosting tourist traffic to the Dominican Republic, the second biggest nation in the Caribbean after Cuba, which has suffered from the political uncertainty afflicting neighbouring Haiti, which occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which both countries share. The Dominican Republic has become the Caribbean's largest tourist destination, with the opportunity for year-round golf providing a major selling point, although its major sporting interest is baseball, which it shares with several other Caribbean nations.

Although F1 has yet to grace the Caribbean for anything more than Jaime Alguersuari's demonstration run on the beach at Punta Cana in 2010., the early days of F3000 took the series to Curacao, which lies to the far south of the Dominican Republic, off the northern coast of Venzuela. The non-championship event, run on the streets of Willemstad, was won by John Nielsen's works Ralt.

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sabrina - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 3:46 PM

I am from the DR aand have gone to Montreal's grand Prix in 2 times, the following here is amazing, eventhough it's fan base is upper middle class, but i pitty the previous opinions, this might not be NY, but we are a far cry from the descrption made by the firts guy that gived his opiniion lets get one thin straight WE MIGHT SHARE AN ISLANND, BUT WE ARE NOT THE SAME AS HAITI, we obtained our independence from them in 1844. So back to the important thing, since this is a tourist nation, and a lot of F1 fans around the Americas can't go to the courrent FW venues thats it Canada, Brasil an Austin Tx, DR is smack in the middle and easy to reach. Maybe we wont have it in the next 3or 5 years but why not maybe in leass than 10 years you can come to the DR and watch a F1 cruising in front of a cristal clear beach, ohh my bad red bull allready did that at Cap Cana Juanillo beach 3 years ago. You can see the pictures if you want.

for Jenson Racehound - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 3:20 PM

ha ha ha ha ...imagine that, the teams arrive early in the week and all get a few spliffs on the go! he he, 34 second pit stop for Jenson while the crew look for the other wheel that seems to have been mislaid! Looks like Bernie Shekelstone is forming alliances with any and every current and future despot with enough stolen money to "fund a race"! ha ha, nice work if you can get it!!!! #:)

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