A new plan for the future use of the Air Force Base known as La Carlota, in the heart of Caracas, was presented by the government: it consists of a park housing a Formula 1-oriented race track.
Can you imagine this plan being announced if Pastor Maldonado hadn’t reached his first victory in F1 after the 66 million dollars already invested on him by PDVSA?
The plan is to have it ready by 2016, but that doesn’t mean a Venezuelan GP will have a secured spot in the F1 calendar. A representative of the FIA, which runs Formula 1, said that it would take years to give its final approval, even if they gave an initial OK to the idea.
But could it work? The Minister of State for the Revolutionary Transformation of the Great Caracas (yes, that’s his job title), Farruco Sesto gave his word about the viability of this project: “We won’t screw up in technical terms”. That’s a relief, especially after what happened in Ciudad Caribia.
Not that there’s so much reason to worry: the F1 circuit plan will probably end up joining a long list of Carlota phantasmagoria, like that wave machine they wanted to put in, or the invisible ecological walkway, or the thousands of Chinese-designed apartments. Just watch this space: if the Vinotinto qualify for Brazil 2014, what do you want to bet they’ll be announced a 135,000 seat Maracaná of the North for La Carlota this time next year?