Formula One bosses are exploring the possibility of a grand prix in the outskirts of London, having given up on a street race in the city centre. If approved, the race would be in addition to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Ross Brawn, F1’s head of motorsport, told the London Evening Standard: “I think because F1 is a week-long activity minimum, the disruption it would cause in the centre of London would be unacceptable. I don’t think Londoners really need to worry about us taking over the centre of London for a week.
“But there are things on the periphery that are being explored — not slap-bang in the centre of London, but Greater London. We’d like to see London complement Silverstone, not replace it. We could see ways we could make it work both sides. London is an iconic city with a massive history in the sport and there’s huge enthusiasm here.”
A spokesman for the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The Mayor believes that it should be possible to organise a race in London in the future and has asked his team to explore options with F1.”
Formula One’s owner Liberty Media is looking to stage grands prix in destination cities, such as Miami, and this move fits into this initiative.