Plans for a Formula One Grand Prix to be held in Denmark have been shelved despite the FIA granting approval to a street layout in Copenhagen.
The sole Danish representative on the Formula One grid and only the fifth driver from his country to reach the premier class of open wheel racing, Kevin Magnussen has gained fans thanks to his no nonsense approach to racing.
In 2019, jumping on the back of a strong 2018 campaign for Magnussen, plans for a street race in Copenhagen were drawn up and submitted to the FIA. At the same time, Zandvoort was also plotting a Formula One return - the Dutch venue banking on the success of Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
Copenhagen was initially able to reserve a spot on the calendar, but this date was eventually won by Zandvoort. Now, Denmark’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Simon Kollerup,has ruled out the 'complex and risky project' of organising a Grand Prix - one that would have been the first in Scandanavia since the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.
“It is a complex and risky project that will require broad support from many players, including broad political support," wrote Kollerup in a letter to Helge Sander, the former Minister of Science who was in charge of the F1 project and made public by TheJudge13.com. "This is a complex and risky project that will require broad support from many players, including broad political support.
“The project is not a priority for the government at the moment, but I recognise the environmental efforts of Formula One in recent years and would like to hear more about this development later."