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Could door be opening on an F1 race in London?

Feb 27, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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The dream of a Formula One race on the streets of London may be in line for a boost.

Daniel Johnson of the UK’s Telegraph newspaper reports that the British government has announced a consultation that proposes a relaxation of certain rules which have an Act of Parliament as the necessary requirement to suspend national speed limits on closed roads for races.

Johnson reports that under the new plans, local authorities would have the ability to temporarily suspend dangerous driving laws in order to allow races to take place.

London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, has said that he’s open to the idea of a “London Grand Prix,” and other figures such as three-time World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart have endorsed the proposal.

Ditto for former World Champion Jenson Button, who told British F1 broadcaster Sky Sports that London’s wide roads would lend itself nicely for a “unique grand prix.”

“When you combine all of that with the world-famous monuments that would feature in the backdrop, you can see why it would be an awesome addition to the calendar,” Button added to Sky.

“The dream has taken a step closer this week, and I’d love to see this amazing concept finally happen.”

Per Sky, the consultation on closed-road motorsport events in mainland Britain would run for six weeks to April 10.

As you’d figure, there is also opposition to the idea of a race in London’s center. Darren Johnson, a member of the London Assembly Green Party, has urged Boris Johnson to nix any proposal for such an event as he believes it would set a bad example.

“This is definitely a decision for local representatives, rather than Parliament, but I hope the mayor will recognize that racing cars around central London would send out the wrong message at a time when road casualties amongst pedestrians and cyclists are on the rise,” Johnson said.

“A Formula 1 race along local high streets and past people‚Äôs homes is going to give a green light to a load of silly boy racers and others that these roads are safe for them to speed along. We need less speeding, not more, and this is one event the Mayor should firmly reject.”

  1. markdartj - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    What an idiot. It’s not like a cyclist will find him/herself on an F-1 circuit. From what I hear, everyday traffic in “the City” is so bad that it’s impossible to go the existing speed limit, let alone go faster. “Setting a bad example”? As if Formula One isn’t a bad example already!

  2. indycarseries500 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    More likely than Weehawken Port Imperial.

  3. testover6370 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Since adding another race instead of replacing one seems unlikely, and with the focus on the Middle East, Asia, and the south Pacific for race locations, would this come at the expense of Silverstone?

    • worknman24hours - Mar 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      That’s an excellent point.

      But I think Bernie has it in his mind that maybe before he dies, he’ll get to see his beloved racing series run a race on the streets of London at least for a year or two.

      Maybe add that race at the end of the year as the double points race.

      Would’nt that be a hoot.

      Also, there are other venues that could be cut to make that happen.

      But maybe nothing has to go to bring Formula One to London.

      We will see.

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