According to former F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya, a Caribbean F1 event was nearly set in stone for 2025, with a whopping 95% agreement level. However, recent updates indicate a likely deferment to 2028.
Montoya spoke out on the situation in a conversation with Semana TV. He illustrated that all the requisites, including the track layout, were sorted out, but a solitary signature missing in the agreement brought a halt to the proceedings.
Liberty Media, with their global vision for F1, was fervently exploring the ideal Caribbean spot for this much-awaited race. Their quest threw up four contenders, but Barranquilla, a bustling city in Columbia, clinched the deal. F1’s CEO, Stefano Domenicali, along with Montoya, personally surveyed the proposed track, amplifying the seriousness of the endeavour.
News emerged that Barranquilla’s race circuit would flaunt a semi-street design. This sparked mixed feelings among the ardent F1 followers. The increasing inclusion of street circuits has not resonated well with many. One fervent fan took to Reddit, emphatically stating, “WE DON’T WANT ANY MORE STREET TRACKS.” Another chimed in, questioning the appeal of street tracks for sponsors compared to the grandeur of traditional circuits.
While Montoya held back on disclosing whose signature was amiss, optimism remains. He envisions the Caribbean Grand Prix in Columbia materialising by 2028. Concurrently, murmurs suggest Madrid might clinch the 2025 slot, reflecting the high stakes and global demand for a place on the revered F1 calendar. Countries like South Africa, Portugal, France, and Germany also showcase keen interest, exemplifying the global allure of Formula One racing.