Greenland signs deal to host F1 race

Artist’s impression of what the Circuit of the Glaciers will look like once finished.

Formula One is to visit Greenland for the first time next year after a long-term deal to host a race there was signed, according to the country’s Prime Minister.

Aleqa Hammond said a ten-year contract to host the race, which will be called the ‘Greenish Grand Prix’ to highlight F1’s attempts to reduce its carbon footprint, was signed between the sport’s supremo Bernie Ecclestone and Greenland government officials on Sunday.

Mrs Hammond also said she was confident that the event would help put Greenland on the map to a global audience.

She said: “I am delighted that we have been able to agree a deal to host a Grand Prix in Greenland.

“We see this as the first step in putting Greenland on an international stage and we can’t wait to see the finest drivers in the world tackle what will be a state-of-the-art facility.”

The race has provisionally been scheduled to be held in November, when temperatures can fall as low as -20C.

But despite concerns that the weather will be unsuitable for the demands of modern day Grand Prix cars, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone played down any fears that Greenland’s arctic climate could put the race into doubt.

He said: “Everything will be absolutely fine. For sure we’ll be in Greenland.

“I’ve spoken to the right people here and they’ve assured me that everything will be ok. There’s no problem at all.

“Even if there was a problem, these are the best drivers in the world. They can handle a bit of chilly weather. It’ll be no different to being in England on a nice summer’s day.”

The race will be held at the brand new Circuit of the Glaciers, a 2.6-mile track which is to be designed by Hermann Tilke, the man responsible for many of the spectacular new venues that have appeared on the Formula One calendar in recent years.

The circuit is expected to incorporate a number of ground-breaking new features, including an underground run-off area, a pit exit that runs through an igloo and a phenomenal 50m tall grandstand that will be built to look like a Christmas tree.

And to reflect “Frosty”, a character synonymous with Greenlandic mythology, the circuit will be designed in the shape of a snowman, the final proposal for which can be found here.

Tickets for the inaugural Greenish Grand Prix are on sale now. To book your place at this historic event, please visit www.greenishgrandprix.gl for more information.

Stephen D’Albiac

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