Jaime Alguersuari is doing a Red Bull street demo in Hong Kong today, and inevitably that has led to suggestions that the city could one day host a Grand Prix.
Although it seems highly unlikely that the authorities would be interested, a few years ago people would have laughed if you’d suggested Singapore as a possible F1 venue. At least one local official is keen on the idea.
“This is the first step in gaining the support of the people,” Hong Kong Automobile Association president Wesley Wan told the South China Morning Post.
“We want to raise the exposure of Formula One by staging this live show, and I hope it will lead to Hong Kong hosting a grand prix race one day.
“My dream is that Hong Kong, like Singapore, Malaysia and China, will be a stop on the grand prix circuit.”
“And as far as a street circuit is concerned, if Monte Carlo and Singapore can have it, why can’t Hong Kong?”
Wan said that Hong Kong had been approached about a race – presumably by Bernie Ecclestone – before the 1997 handover.