Plans for Finland GP gather pace

Date published: January 20 2019

Possible Finland Grand Prix on its way

Finland’s motorsport governing body will conduct a feasibility study as they consider pushing for a Formula 1 Finland Grand Prix.

The Nordic nation has gifted Formula One with some of its greatest over the years, with names such as Keke Rosberg, Mika Hakkinen and Kimi Raikkonen all hailing from the motorsport stronghold.

However, for all the success enjoyed on track, the country has never had a Grand Prix of its own.

This may soon be set to change though, with AKK Motorsport, the country’s governing body, applying for funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture to support its feasibility study and “to create a realistic road map towards the possible application for hosting a Finnish F1 Grand Prix”.

The Kymiring, a new 4.5km circuit located about 160 km from Helsinki, has been touted as the potential venue. It will host a MotoGP round in 2020.

Speaking via Fi.com, AKK CEO Tatu Lehmuskallio said: “Finland has an excellent and unique legacy in motorsports.

“Not only have Finnish Formula 1 and WRC rally drivers collected more world championship points in recent seasons than drivers from any other country, we also have internationally recognised expertise on hosting modern, reliable, sustainable and – most of all – thrilling motorsport events for fans, partners and athletes.

“The study will provide us detailed knowledge on what motor racing competition at the highest level truly demands and that will help us tremendously when staging other racing events, too.”

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