Denmark targeting Formula One race

Former Danish government minister Helge Sander has said the country is in talks to host a Formula One race.

Danish newspaper Herning Folkeblad said officials behind the bid will meet Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone in the next couple of months. “It doesn't matter if a little more time passes before this meeting takes place as we are working to get Formula One to Denmark in 2018,” Sander said.

Scandinavia last hosted a grand prix in 1978, when Niki Lauda won the Swedish GP in Anderstorp. Sander is said to be a key figure in the latest proposal and is seeking backing from Danish corporate entities such as Saxo Bank and clothing company Bestseller.

Kevin Magnussen (pictured) became the first Dane to compete in F1 for over a decade this season, but his race seat for 2015 is yet to be confirmed by McLaren.

In other news, Formula One officials have reportedly agreed to remove the controversial double points rule for the 2015 season. The rule awarding double points at the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP could have had a major effect on the drivers’ championship with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in contention for the title heading into Sunday’s race.

Mechanical problems for Rosberg ultimately meant that the prospect of a contentious end to the season was avoided as his British rival clinched race victory and the championship, but the rule was heavily criticised throughout the campaign. UK broadcaster the BBC said its removal for 2015 is expected to be rubber-stamped at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Qatar on December 3.

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