Formula 1 readies to add Philippines to race circus

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Formula 1 Readies To Add Philippines To Race Circus
Proposed new race track in Lubao outside Metro Manila

The Philippines is set to become the fourth Southeast Asian country to stage Formula 1 races after Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. British newspaper Independent reported on January 27 that Formula 1 owner Liberty Media has applied for the trademark of the names “Philippine Grand Prix” and “Manila Grand Prix” with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office on January 7.

This is the first time that the Philippines has ever been publicly linked with an Formula 1 race and it comes at a time when the country is making a major push into motorsport.

After the application was revealed, Filipino-based architects SpaceFabrik shared images and videos of a new circuit to be built outside Manila in conjunction with Formula 1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

The race track, called Pradera Verde Racing Circuit, is set to be built in Lubao, Pampanga. It is expected to get FIA (International Automobile Federation) Grade 2 certification, which means as per current regulations it can hold big international races except for Formula One, but there have been exemptions to that rule. The race track is targeted to be competed in 2021.

Southeast Asia has one current Formula 1 host, with the Singapore Grand Prix being held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, while Sepang used to host the Malaysian Grand Prix. Since Malaysia backed off from hosting the races in 2017, Liberty Media was looking for alternatives and found them in Vietnam where the Hanoi Grand Prix is set to be held in 2020.

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[caption id="attachment_32448" align="alignleft" width="300"] Proposed new race track in Lubao outside Metro Manila[/caption] The Philippines is set to become the fourth Southeast Asian country to stage Formula 1 races after Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. British newspaper Independent reported on January 27 that Formula 1 owner Liberty Media has applied for the trademark of the names “Philippine Grand Prix” and “Manila Grand Prix” with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office on January 7. This is the first time that the Philippines has ever been publicly linked with an Formula 1 race and it comes at a time when the country is making...

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Formula 1 Readies To Add Philippines To Race Circus
Proposed new race track in Lubao outside Metro Manila

The Philippines is set to become the fourth Southeast Asian country to stage Formula 1 races after Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. British newspaper Independent reported on January 27 that Formula 1 owner Liberty Media has applied for the trademark of the names “Philippine Grand Prix” and “Manila Grand Prix” with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office on January 7.

This is the first time that the Philippines has ever been publicly linked with an Formula 1 race and it comes at a time when the country is making a major push into motorsport.

After the application was revealed, Filipino-based architects SpaceFabrik shared images and videos of a new circuit to be built outside Manila in conjunction with Formula 1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

The race track, called Pradera Verde Racing Circuit, is set to be built in Lubao, Pampanga. It is expected to get FIA (International Automobile Federation) Grade 2 certification, which means as per current regulations it can hold big international races except for Formula One, but there have been exemptions to that rule. The race track is targeted to be competed in 2021.

Southeast Asia has one current Formula 1 host, with the Singapore Grand Prix being held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, while Sepang used to host the Malaysian Grand Prix. Since Malaysia backed off from hosting the races in 2017, Liberty Media was looking for alternatives and found them in Vietnam where the Hanoi Grand Prix is set to be held in 2020.

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