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NOVEMBER 10, 2000

Tunisia announces F1 plans

KARIM AZUZ, the president of the Tunisian Automobile Club, announced on Thursday that he is ready to meet the Federation Internationale l'Automobile (FIA) in a bid to host a grand prix in the future.

Azuz, speaking in Monte Carlo, confirmed that the African nation plan to host a Formula One race in the future and said that a circuit has already been constructed, which meets FIA standards.

"We are a country which has a strong tourist association, therefore to host a Formula One Grand Prix is logically one of our main objectives," Azuz said.

"We have constructed a city layout at Berge Du Lac, which is at the port of Tunis and we have already hosted a visit by FIA observers."

Tunisia will be added to a list of a number of countries hoping to play a part in Formula One with China, Egypt and South African all vying for a grand prix.