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Magnussen would welcome Home Grand Prix around Copenhagen Streets

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Kevin Magnussen would welcome a first-ever Danish Grand Prix, with Copenhagen looking to host a race in 2020 - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kevin Magnussen would welcome a race in his home country after plans were revealed that a Danish Grand Prix could take place around the streets of Copenhagen as soon as 2020.

The Haas F1 Team driver admitted to being surprised that a race in the capital city of his homeland are in the pipeline, with the circuit being proposed set to go twice over the Sydhavnen River and cross over itself in a figure-of-eight style.

Currently only the Suzuka circuit in Japan has a crossover like this, but this would be the first instance on a street circuit, and Liberty Media is said to be keen on the project, especially as Denmark is renowned for its dedicated support of Formula 1 despite a national population of only 5.6million people and having only supplied five drivers to the top level of the sport.

“The path we have presented to Formula 1 [bosses] in London, is not with complete certainty the final, but it is the starting point, and if changes occur, they are minimal,” said Helge Sander, a former Science Minister in Denmark, who has offered 40 million Euros to aid the funding of the event.

“The course has been approved by Hermann Tilke, who also had questions and ideas for adjustments, but it is something we will continuously look at.

“It was clear that Hermann Tilke was very enthusiastic about the course. The proposed route represents many fewer obstacles than he had expected when there is a path in the middle of a big city.”

As the latest of those drivers, Magnussen admits it would be a dream come true to race in his homeland, especially as it would mean he driving along some of the streets that are well-known to the veteran of 50 Grand Prix starts.

“It’d be amazing to have a home grand prix. It’s something that I never dared to hope for,” said Magnussen. “It’s a big surprise to hear those news.

“It’s been worked on and it’s a serious possibility that there could be a Danish Grand Prix. So for me that would be a dream come true.

“I mean I am driving those streets nearly every day, on those exact streets, we will be doing 200 miles an hour down those streets then it will be pretty cool.”

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