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Morocco set to bring F1 back to the African continent

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The North African country of Morocco is the latest country tipped with a future F1 race after a meeting between Bernie Ecclestone and the King in Abu Dhabi.

Currently Africa is the last major continent not represented on the F1 calendar indeed there has not been a race there since South Africa’s final race back in 1993.

However German publication Bild is reporting that following their meeting Ecclestone returned to London and produced a contract for the country to host F1 said to be worth around $600m.

“The most likely possibility seems to be that the deal is for a Grand Prix in the North African country of Morocco,” Christian Sylt, a leading F1 business writer, wrote in Autoweek.

This would not be the first time F1 has visited Morocco, indeed it’s largest city Casablanca hosted a race all the way back in 1958.

Another country waiting for a return to Formula 1 is Portugal, the European nation last hosted a race back in 1996 and now it appears the circuit that hosted that race could once again be back up to F1 standard.

Estoril was axed because of the outdated facilities and track safety, however after 17 years the track is set to once again earn Grade 1 status making it eligible for F1 racing.

Of course there is another circuit in the Iberian country that is already at F1 standard – the Portimao circuit on the Algarve.

Finally Russia is also set to add to it’s growing number of motorsport facilities with a second circuit in the suburbs of Moscow.

The Moscow Raceway has become of one of the crucial tracks for many motorsport categories looking to enter the Russian market, indeed Formula Renault 3.5 and DTM visited the track for the first time in 2013.

However with F1 set to go to the Southern city of Sochi for it’s inaugural race next year, plans are afoot for a new F1 standard circuit near the capital city.

“It is planned to open a race track that will be able to host competitions of the very highest level, right up to Formula One,” a city official was quoted as saying.

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