F1 in Morocco? Reports Claim FIA Inspection at Sidi Daoui Circuit Amidst Record-Breaking Calendar Attempt in 2023

Published 06/22/2022, 3:30 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 17, 2022 Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during practice REUTERS/Christinne Muschi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The popularity of F1 is expanding exponentially, and every country wants to be a part of the traveling circus. The 2023 season already has a fresh addition to the calendar with the Las Vegas GP. And more tracks want to become a part of the sport as the bid for track diversification continues.

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And to become a part of the 2023 calendar, Morocco’s Sidi Daoui Circuit has undergone testing. FIA will conduct the tests to determine the track’s safety standards. All F1 tracks undergo safety checks and need approval from FIA under the class 1 category. Post-inspection and class 1 category approval, the track can host a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

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A Saudi journalist, Ibrahim Al-Zubaidi, provided this information via Twitter. His tweet read, “A delegation from the FIA Safety Department will visit the “Sidi Daoui” circuit in Wadi Zem, Morocco, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21, in order to ensure that it meets the safety requirements for approval within the Class 1 category, which qualifies it to host international car races, including Formula 1.” (Translated by Twitter)

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A host of exciting new tracks might become part of the F1 calendar in the coming seasons. New tracks always offer surprises for drivers and teams alike, which always results in dramatic races. And the exciting prospect of newer tracks will only continue as the popularity of the sport grows and touches new venues across the globe.

New F1 tracks are putting the classics under threat

Classics like the Monaco Grand Prix might become lose their place in the calendar with the introduction of newer tracks. The Circuit de Monaco has stayed relevant by hosting races since 1929. The Monaco GP has endured the test of time by staying on the F1 calendar while we’ve seen the sport itself change drastically over the years.

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However, for the first time in its history, the Monaco GP is under threat due to the growing popularity of the sport. The expansion has already seen a Miami GP included in the 2022 calendar and Las Vegas in 2023. Monaco, with its limitations in terms of visibility and the narrow track itself, might become redundant in comparison.

To reiterate this point, Red Bull boss, Horner said, “So we accommodate Monaco because of its heritage and because of its history. That’s it. I think that you’ve got to evolve. If you stand still, then you’re going backwards, and I think that applies to all aspects of this sport.”

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If Monaco isn’t renewed post the current season, it will surely be the end of an era. What do you think? Should the sport welcome new venues at the expense of the old and historic ones? Or should the classic venues be kept in rotation rather than being abandoned altogether?

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Mahim Suhalka

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Mahim Suhalka is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. This Sports Management post-graduate is an ardent supporter of the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team and their lead driver, Lewis Hamilton. The fact that Lewis dominated one of the most expensive sports in the world for all these years, despite his humble beginnings, has been a huge inspiration for Mahim and has made him a tenured fan of the competitive sport itself.

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