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London Grand Prix hopes reignited with new UK legislation

Jul 12, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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The possibility of Formula 1 racing around the streets of London has been opened up once again as new legislation is given the green light by British parliament.

Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed yesterday that new laws to allow motor racing on public roads will be introduced before the next election, and spoke to the assembled media at Williams’ headquarters in Oxfordshire.

“I can announce today that we are going to enable more road races for GB motorsport,” Cameron said. “We think this will be really useful to British motorsport: more races, more events, more money coming into the country and more success for this extraordinary industry.”

Although the council concerned is yet to receive any proposal from Bernie Ecclestone for a Formula 1 grand prix, it does give the green light to the proposed Formula E race at Battersea Park, set to take place next June.

However, the big lure is the possibility of an F1 circuit in the very heart of London, incorporating landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. Mayor of London Boris Johnson is known to be a fan of the idea, and many F1 drivers have also supported it.

Last year, McLaren and Ferrari sponsor Santander released a promotional video giving an idea of what a race in London might look like. Although there is still a very long way to go for this idea to go ahead, a race around the streets of western Europe’s biggest city would certainly be lucrative and a definite tourist pull.

  1. wiscpaul - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    What would be the point of this race. Only money. No where to pass. All I could see are walls and fences. Not the wonderful City of London. Could be any city circuit. Same with a race in New York. F1 is wrecking their own show. And Bernie is a joke.
    Don’t even get me started on all the “ECO F1” stuff. There is no eco when the teams fly all that stuff all around the world and spend literally Billions of dollars. They need to get back to real racing. That is the show that we all want to see. The evolution of mechanical innovation.

  2. indycarseries500 - Jul 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    More likely to happen than Port Imperial

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