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Ecclestone unsure about London GP funding

Jul 13, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Bernie Ecclestone is unsure whether or not a grand prix in the centre of London is going to happen in the future, but was pleased with yesterday’s news concerning a possible event.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed yesterday that new parliament legislation would allow more road racing to take place, opening up the possibility of a London Grand Prix that would incorporate landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

Despite being a supporter of the event, Ecclestone made no secret of his concerns when speaking to Press Association.

“It just depends on what we can come up with commercially because how are we going to fund it?” he questioned.

“The news is good, but I don’t know whether you’d have street racing because it’s not cheap to put on something that’s safe. Street racing is expensive.

“But if they ever get it together then we’ll see what happens. At least it’s a good sign, a step in the right direction.”

Most grands prix are funded either by private investors or the nation’s government. The Singapore Grand Prix has been a huge success for the country’s tourist industry, and it might be possible for the British government to get involved and reap the rewards of its capital hosting a grand prix. With two major airports and great travel links, it could bring hundreds of thousands of fans to the city for the race weekend.

However, as Ecclestone said, there is a very long way to go before the race could go ahead. Nevertheless, it is certainly a lucrative and interesting proposition for the sport and the city of London.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 13, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    One of the biggest impediments to any race in Britain is the tax structure that yanks huge amounts of money from any event held there.

    Another barrier is that London is a symbol of pride to the English people that may not be well displayed by race cars running through it’s streets.

    There is a huge amount of control exerted against the population for driving and to have race cars running as fast as they can on public streets in the heart of that population control may well mean the government will,never approve the race be held there.

    Alot of powerful people have to be brought into the same party here to get the London race run and frankly I don’t see that happening.

    Ironically,the much less noisy Formula one race cars is a real help to this venue getting held because the cars are modern, energy saving race cars that showcase the brilliance of British engineering.

    Let’s see what Bernie’s people can get done here.

    Hopefully,all the powerful people in the British government can see that this London race says to the world,the British are world class, brilliant, progressive thinking people.

  2. barrylibby - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Impediment only one . ho much can Bernie make!

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