Fisichella backing Tanzanian grand prix circuit bid

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In the round-up: Giancarlo Fisichella is supporting a bid by the nation of Tanzania to build a Formula 1-standard race track.

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Fisichella backing Tanzania grand prix track bid

Former Formula 1 driver Giancarlo Fisichella is consulting on an effort to build a Formula 1-spec race track in Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania.

In a post on social media, the Italian Consulate of Tanzania said that the former Ferrari, Force India and Renault driver was consulting on a bid to create a €500m race circuit in the area.

Construction on the proposed project is due to begin later next year with initial work completed “by the end of 2027.”

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10 comments on “Fisichella backing Tanzanian grand prix circuit bid”

  1. Ha! For some reason I read the title as Tasmania, probably because of the old Tasman series.

    1. A Grand Prix at Symmons Plains would be worth watching, if only for the novelty. Sub-40 second lap times, anyone?

  2. Fisi couldn’t find his grid slot half the time. Doubt he fan Tanzania.

    1. doubt he can find Tanzania*

  3. €500m race track in… *checks google maps to be sure* Tanzania?!?! What?

    Surely this will turn out to be some pie in the sky corruptly funded project that ends up half complete and abandoned, right?

    That’s a heck of a lot of money considering it’s roughly the same budget as CotA but the country has only .2% of the US GDP.

    If they manage to pull it off and get a GP, that will be incredibly impressive.

    1. Do you think that’s the only way to have a project in Africa ?

      1. José Lopes da Silva
        28th January 2024, 10:33

        You’re approach is quite problematic. What do you mean by “Africa”? Tristan was talking about Tanzania. Said the “the country has only .2% of the US GDP.” Not sure if it’s correct, but it’s clear we’re not talking about Africa.
        Do you know that there are 54 countries in Africa? Each one with their challenges, circumstances and approaches? To mix the huge diversity of the continent into a single “Africa” label doesn’t seem right to me.

        1. You missed the point …

  4. some racing fan
    31st January 2024, 6:15

    An F1 GP in Zanzibar? Wow talk about a spectacular pipe dream

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