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Formula 1: Going Global, Leaving Local

It’s official—Russia will be added to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014. The Russian Grand Prix will be run on a 5.5-km track built around the Olympic Village in Sochi. I’m curious to see how their construction plans go, as said location will be used for the Olympics only months before.  The addition of Russia, along with Korea, India and another attempt at a US Grand Prix (and not the first attempt at a Formula 1 race in the state of Texas) is helping Formula 1 live up to its claim as a world championship. As races and countries are added, the schedule is nearing its tipping point. There are 20 Grand Prix next year, and something is going to have to give when it comes time to making room for Russia and the US. The probl...

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