Again in 1999, Lebanon virtually received the bid to host an F1 observe again in 1999. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone was keen on the thought and F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting visited Lebanon to examine the proposed observe. His response was additionally a provisional thumbs-up. “There’s removed from a inexperienced mild at this stage,” he stated however “I see nothing right this moment that might cease the mission from going by.” The plan was to construct a four.1 KM racing circuit alongside the Mediterranean coast by the downtown space (Solidere) and there have been excessive hopes that Beirut’s bid to host a Grand Prix could be authorized.
Quoting a 1998 article from the DailyStar, “If all goes as deliberate, Michael Schumacher might be racing his Ferrari down Minet al-Hosn, making a pointy flip across the Onerous Rock Café, then zipping previous the St Georges and Phoenicia accommodations and thru the central district in his quest for the chequered flag”.
Quick ahead to 2017 and we nonetheless don’t have something remotely near an F1 observe right here. In actual fact, we don’t even have first rate roads for regular playing cards Lol! However, the Each day Star reported 4 days in the past that “Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with CEO of the FIA System E Championship Alejandro Agag Tuesday to debate the potential for internet hosting races in Beirut”.
“They at the moment host races in cities all around the world … and Beirut could be in my view a fantastic venue for this championship. It’s a very lovely metropolis and an enormous capital and we’d like to make this potential,” Agag stated, based on an announcement from Hariri’s media workplace.
I’m not a System E fan however I’d like to have a GP in Beirut. Let’s hope politics received’t get in the way in which identical to they did for the F1 bid.