It is without doubt one of the true spectacles of the Formula One calendar; a real gem out of all the Tilke-tarnished circuits in the championship. However, Monaco is a rare track, a one in a million, if you will. And even then, the place has its problems. But seeing the appeal of bringing Formula One to people’s doorsteps, Ecclestone has been pushing for more street races, Valencia* and Singapore both being welcomed to the championship this past season. And now Paris and Rome want in on the action…
Paris has long been rumoured to be high on Bernie’s wishlist. It is no secret that the diminutive Briton despised Magny Cours, the previous home of the French Grand Prix, and often talk has turned to running the Formula One cars around the Arc de Triomphe and down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. However, while romantic that may seem, very difficult it would be to organise.
Another potential city looking to grace the Formula One calendar is apparently Italy’s capital city, Rome. Grandprix.com today reported on former Formula 2 driver Maurizio Flammini hoping to boost Italy’s profile by staging a round of the Formula One World Championship on the streets of Rome. Flammini, who won three F2 races in the mid-seventies, now promotes sporting events, namely the FIM World Superbike Championship. However, Flammini believes Rome would be ideal for a street race, despite the fact that Monza is unlikely to be dropped from the calendar given its popularity and historical significance.
So, given that there are many hundreds of fantastic cities dotted around the world, where would you like to see Formula One race? Perhaps in downtown Manhattan, through Times Square and around the financial district of New York City? Or what about a return to Adelaide in Australia, or even the once mentioned London in the UK**? Las Vegas often crops up in comments whenever I mention the US Grand Prix, and Asia is plentiful in newly-redeveloped and vibrant cities.
Where would you like to see a street race?
*Okay, so maybe the 2009 race will not be warmly welcomed.
**Although I think we’re going to have enough trouble trying to organise the Olympics in the next three years!