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Posted By: James Allen  |  11 Jul 2014   |  1:43 pm GMT  |  79 comments

The long held dream of Bernie Ecclestone to hold a Grand Prix on the streets of London remains a dream, but the legal barriers to putting such a race on were lifted today when UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced a change in legislation, allowing councils to close roads more freely for motor sports events. It will become law in March 2015.

Currently hosting a street race in the UK requires an special Act of Parliament.

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

The FIA’s new Formula E series will be hosting a race in London long before F1 gets around to it, as it will be holding its final round of the 2014/15 season in Battersea Park in London on closed parkland roads in April.

Although the lifting of the legal barriers is undoubtedly a boost, the problem remains of who would be willing to take on the massive financial burden of promoting a London Grand Prix.

The promoters of the aborted New Jersey GP could speak from painful experience about the uncomfortable financial exposure of taking on a street race. Conversely the massive success of the Singapore GP is down to the innovative funding structure whereby 60% of the risk is taken by the Government and 40% by local entrépreneur Ong Being Seng, with the profits share on similar ratios.

Figures of £100 million for ticket sales are being bandied around but the cost of securing the rights to a race – current going rate at least $40 million per year) plus infrastructure costs, with only ticket sales as a way to recoup – make it something that only the wealthiest of private enterprises could consider. The Government itself is highly unlikely to want to get involved in that kind of business as is Boris Johnson’s London Mayor’s office, although both support the idea as a boost for tourism.

Ecclestone has had some fun with the notion of a London Grand Prix in the past, sometimes as a threat to Silverstone when negotiations were difficult, at other times to give some of his sponsors a bit of a boost.

He has intimated in the past, around 2012 the last time it came up, that he might promote the race himself on a track which was dreamed up by Santander UK as a promotional stunt for its British GP sponsorship (above), but that would depend a lot on the level of support he might get from within F1 and from the wider business and political communities in London and on his personal circumstances once his trial in Munich has concluded. More likely he would be looking for a promoter, speaking to Press Associaion this afternoon he said,

“In the past we spoke to the old mayor and all sorts of people. It just depends on what we can come up with commercially because how are we going to fund it?

“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.”

Now that the legal barriers to a London GP have fallen, we will see whether there is any real traction in the business community for such an event.

There are no countries hosting two Grands Prix currently. Silverstone has a contract for over ten more years to host the British Grand Prix. Last weekend’s event boasted the third largest crowd in the race’s history.

The Prime Minister also opened Williams’s new Advanced Engineering Facility near Oxford today and paid tribute to the F1 industry in the UK,

“Formula One is a world beating, hi-tech industry and I am very proud that Britain and British engineers and designers play such a key role within it,” he said. “Williams opening their Advanced Engineering facility in Oxfordshire is great news for the local area and a vote of confidence in our long-term economic plan to back business, create jobs and secure a better future for Britain”.

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  1. Matt says:

    Honestly, I hope it doesn’t ever happen.

    1. Steve Zodiac says:

      Don’t see the appeal now that the cars have become so dreary. Perhaps they could have race with F1 drivers but in Black Cabs!

      1. Jim says:

        Fantasic idea, plus the cars would prolly sound better live ;-)

    2. W Johnson says:

      Agree fully 100%. Street car circuits are dreadful for F1 overtaking and any London circuit would cause huge disruption.

    3. W Johnson says:

      And Silverstone invests a huge sum if money to improve circuit facilities and then Ecclestone pulls the rug from beneath them with another or an alternative venue. Madness.

    4. james says:

      i think the sport would benefit from investing in going back to old circuits that have history and mean something.

      going back to imola, having the australian gp at bathhurst – things like that.

      new street circuits do nothing long term for the sport.

  2. mjsib says:

    I don’t see London holding an F1 race as it would just be another boring street race, however maybe London could host exhibition events as a way of promoting the sport

    1. James Allen says:

      Definitely – a real Hall of Fame, cars, exhibits etc. Makes sense to me

      1. Gordon says:

        You can do an exhibition race as an end of season thing. Presentation of the world championship trophies, hall of fame, Historic cars/races like is done at the Monaco GP. Maybe you have a little 20 lap sprint race with the current cars. A last blast with donuts and make it a show

      2. SilverArrow says:

        Three comments and you guys have come up with a better idea than the last 100-odd rule changes.

      3. Rich C says:

        You’d need a support race with celebs in miniskirts in Mini’s.

      4. Jason says:

        Exactly. Epic suggestions. Use London and Londoners in their masses to create awareness and publicity. I am a Londoner, born there, live there, I know what Londoners are like. Do a demonstration, drag races, doughnuts, get all engines singing and most of all let people meet the F1 circus. Bring old chassis so people can sit into them, get a picture, understand what the driver sees and best of all they will be posting them pictures across Facebook, Twitter, etc. F1 will then start to seem cool to the average person.

        As for racing on London streets, please. You don’t exactly get the best ride in a road car so an F1 car will vibrate itself to bits. Add to that how every single wide road has a middle island for pedestrian use. Every road is in close proximity to a building too.

        While it can be done, it will be a wall/barrier lined circuit and as such very low speed. There will be zero overtaking happening. Just like Monaco and Singapore. I know people love them races but I think they are mostly boring to be honest.

      5. JDanek007 says:

        > JA: “Definitely – a real Hall of Fame, cars, exhibits etc. Makes sense to me”

        James, why not just do this in conjunction w/ the Formula E race?

        British fans already have the opportunity to attend one Formula 1 GP – a second would be neither fair to the French, who’ve been denied a home grand prix for some years now, nor financially viable, as you yourself suggest.

        Plus, if it’s the sport’s history you would want to show-off to the public (Hall of Fame”), then we’d have to accept or at least consider the premise that, despite the Tony Abbotts of the world, climate change is real and traditional motorsport w/ as big a carbon footprint as Formula 1 will become politically untenable under current economic and environmental conditions.

        Formula E, on the other hand, represents the future, and the only reasonable hope for seeing open-wheeled racing in city centers in UK and Western Europe, North America, and other locales governed by liberal progressive technocrats (or at least politicians who pretend to be such).

  3. M Wishart says:

    I think it is a really good idea, but as this article has spoken about you have on one hand success with Singapore and failure with New York.

    My feelings are that these should happen all over the world if possible and have them change from year to year. i.e. London one year, New York the next, and maybe Sydney another year and so on, as I don’t think it would happen if you had a contract for every year, because what happens to other races in the same country, this way if you had 2 races one year and a break the next it might work well and more importantly think of the exposer of F1 around the world, Formula One car racing around major cities of the world, now that would be something to get very excited about.

    Come on Bernie, do something useful for a change and get this sorted…..

  4. Gaz Boy says:

    A GP around the streets of Hyde Park or Battersea or whatever would be fine.
    However, there are some hurdles.
    It’s possible that by this time next year Ed Milliband and the Labour Party could be in UK government with a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats. For those who don’t know about UK politics, the Liberal Democrats are known as the “beards and sandals brigade” because they are mocked as unrealistic hippies who despise cars, modernity and think everyone should live in a mud hut and travel on an ox and cart. If you think I’m being sarcastic, the Liberal Democrats do have a policy where they wish all ICE cars to be banned from 2040 – it’s in their manifesto.
    The Labour party are also somewhat anti-car, anti-capitalism and anti-individuality so I don’t think Formula 1, which is the epitome of western decadence and capitalism will appear to a political party who have previous links with the Soviet Union in its communist heyday. Again, if you don’t believe me, fine, but actually a London GP in the mid 2000s could have happened but Ken Livingstone and his cronies put the kabosh on that ever happening.
    I know its sound incredible, considering the UK has the most successful motor sport industry in the world, but honestly, at least 2 of the main political parties are very much against cars and the individuality and capitalist decadence they think it represents. The Green Party, which controls Brighton & Hove, has also introduced very harsh, and very stringent anti-car policies for the amiable town on the South Coast, which is a bit ironic considering Brighton has always been the epitome of individual freedom!
    I’m not being partisan or pessimistic, just realistic. It’s worth remembering that while Britain is the land of Jeremy Clarkson, it’s also the land of Gordon Brown and Nick Clegg. A race around London would be fantastic. Unfortunately, there are a lot of car haters in the UK, and they will do everything to scupper such an event that promotes what they see as capitalist waste and decadence. As Jezza says, Britain is the land of: “Madmen and fools…..”
    London GP? Great idea! Will it happen? Sadly, I doubt it……………

    1. Pkara says:

      Gaz boy since when is the Labour Party Anti individuality :-D or anti sport.
      Judging by your synopsis of British Politics you’d think that London of yesterday was twinned with the CCCP. I think you’ll find 30 years on the only thing with the inkling of Sovietness is the Russian Embassy or maybe you’ll find some famous Russian icon in a London Cemetery somewhere.
      Beards & Sandal Brigade & the Conservative Junta will probably expect alot of sweetners from Bernie also so actually all 3 parties are similar you couldn’t separate them with a cigarette paper.
      Ps I’m not tree hugging socialist notra right wing Cameron lover or a bearded sandal wearer. I think I lke to express my opinions in the neutral zone as a individual :-D
      Comical

      1. Gaz Boy says:

        I was being a bit tongue in cheek, but I take your points onboard.
        Having said that, New Labour were very anti-car. Why do you think Jeremy Clarkson used to slate New Labour every time Top Gear was on? Jezza hated the M4 bus lane, the hypocrisy of John “Two Jags” Prescott, the relentless march of speed-cameras and so on. Jezza couldn’t fathom Blair and Brown………………
        Also, don’t forget, back in the year of Our Lord 1997 Blair received a pay cheque for UK £ 1 million from a certain Mr E! Of course, Blair had to hand back the cheque, but you get the impression Labour still hold a grudge against Mr E for that particular episode and they’ve never forgotten it. Hence, when in the mid 2000s Mr E wanted a London GP Ken “adenoids” Livingstone and his mates killed that potential event stone dead. And hence why if they return to power next year there will be no London GP…………..
        Politics and sport shouldn’t mix? In an ideal world, yes. In the real world of Westminster, they do……………….big time!

      2. Pkara says:

        Jeremy Clarkson is not a celebrity one whats to measure political attitudes by.
        He normally engages brain after he spouts a tirade of piffle about a subject with no disregard of the outcome. Which causes a preemptive action by British Overseas Office to send an Envoy, to apologize to a country that has been verbally mauled by Clarkson.
        So exactly a Stella individual to base any argument on.
        But thats show biz :-)

      3. AuraF1 says:

        So the current mayor of London, the ultra conservative Boris, who hopes one day to be Tory primeminister isn’t the guy who rides a bike every day and is introducing electric hire cars to the capital? I think your political ranting has missed a trick there…

    2. Steve C says:

      Spot on Gaz Boy. Could not have put it better. People in London have a job as it is moving around without a pointless road closing F1 half race.

      1. aveli says:

        most londoners commute by tubes trains and buses.

    3. Luke Dalton Esq. says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  5. Tim Scarratt says:

    I don’t see the London F1 Grand Prix ever happening, if anything this is more likely to be used for national level series like the BTCC or F3 to hold events akin to the old Birmingham Superprix.

    1. "Martin" says:

      Quite right, it worked OK in Brirmingham, I know as I raced there, and have picture of my car hanging from a crane to prove it ;-)
      But it would be much more difficult and therefore expensive to stage F1 race in central London, though it could be done at Crystal Palace or the Olympic Park…
      Regards,
      “Martin”

    2. Scott D says:

      Really hope so, as i would love to see these series ( and maybe even an international race or two) return to the streets of Birmingham as I just missed out on them last time around.

  6. Rob says:

    We do not need another worthless street race , we should be ensuring that proper race tracks like Silverstone retain races not lose them

    1. Opa says:

      Yes, we need speed!

    2. Jonathan says:

      Couldn’t agree more Rob!

      While Monaco is a law unto itself, most other street circuits are as dull as dishwater. We need more classic racetracks back on the calendar not less.

    3. woodframer says:

      Didn’t Bernie recently state Monza will be dropped at contract end?

      1. James Allen says:

        He threatened that, if they don’t come up with a better deal

        Montezemolo saw Mateschitz hosting a race in Austria, so wonders why not Mugello. While Imola would be welcome back on the calendar

        But there is a spine of continuity with Monza, going right back to 1950, which would be tough to break

      2. JDanek007 says:

        During Silverstone GP weekend, Bernie then admitted on the record to NBCSports’ Will Buxton that Monza was not in danger or under threat.

        In essence, Bernie walked-back his anti-Monza threatening comments and, despite Buxton’s touching naiveté and implied relief, in doing so sounded like the cynical opportunist we know him to be in matters of F1 “bizness”.

      3. aveli says:

        rome may be?

  7. Pkara says:

    G.P. in London would work in theory. But you have to take into account

    A) Cost of Security.

    B) The heart of Englands Parliament (yes Olympics was trouble free but this is different).

    C) The centre of political protesting & civil marching.

    So it would be an expensive event & I’d like to protect Silverstone as the heart of British F1 Racing.

    Its not something I’d want to happen.

    1. Gaz Boy says:

      Thanks for replying to my above post!
      Let’s face it, a race around London will not happen for the reasons I have mentioned and the reasons you have. So we’re both sort of right.
      I’d agree Silverstone is the right place for the British GP, and that should stand.
      Having said that, how about a European GP at, say, Brands Hatch like 1983 or 1985?
      By the way, remember back in 1997 when Mr E sent a nice big cheque to the address of 10 Downing Street? Talk about a score to settle!

      1. JDanek007 says:

        WHY SHOULD ENGLAND HAVE TWO RACES ON F1 CALENDAR WHEN FRANCE HAS NONE???

        Sheesh.

      2. Gaz Boy says:

        Two words: License fee.
        French promoters/circuit owners/local government are not willing to pay the – admittingly very expensive – fee to FOM/Mr E, therefore there is no French GP. Unless a promoter/circuit owner does what the likes of Silverstone, Singapore et al do and pay Mr E up front a country won’t get an F1 race.
        It’s all down to economics!

  8. Mark D says:

    I agree, not another city race with limited overtaking. What about an end of season London Cup. Something the inspires excitement and uncertainty.

    Could be short lap races,reverse grids and all of that. It would allow real time testing of possible future F1 ideas before they are put into practice.

    For real appeal, possibly givie teams opportunity to team up with other formula’s and mix the drivers who have to race several types of car and even bikes! I think this would generate a fantastic opportunity to attract real talent to the grid.

    It can all end in a show case of burnt rubber and close racing.

  9. Ace says:

    London is a logistical nightmare for all the events that have been hosted before. London Marathon, the Olympics etc etc.

    I’d love to see london host an F1 round (although this move seems to have been done for the Formula E finale), but it needs to become a lot better in terms of access and commuting for this to be a reality.

  10. Rob in Victoria bc says:

    Unrelated James, but the sooner you take the photo of the guy with the British flag painted on his face off the front page of your site, the better. I hope it won’t be replaced by a guy with the German flag painted on his face either. Thanks.

    1. ant says:

      here here.

      1. Mr A (Melbourne) says:

        Hear! Hear!

        Leave the face painting to the soccer fans!

    2. ferggsa says:

      Yes, bring back the Austrian girls

  11. Nick D says:

    It will never happen. They have no money for filling in the potholes!

    1. aveli says:

      never say never.

  12. Darren D says:

    My favourite bit was Bernie saying,

    “In the past we spoke to the old mayor and all sorts of people. It just depends on what we can come up with commercially because how are we going to fund it?”

    It says a lot about the business model he has created. If it’s too risky for him, why would anyone else take a crack at it?

  13. Adil says:

    James–off topic, though referenced in your article. What exactly is happening with Bernie’s trial? I’m sure that you or others are watching it closely, and I’m curious to know if one has a sense of the outcome?

    1. James Allen says:

      It would be foolish of anyone to try to second guess the legal process

      It’s not been well covered in the media here, occasional stories. It’s only on two days per week anyway.

      Some say it’s clear he’ll get off, others that it’s not straightforward, but who knows?

      1. aveli says:

        eccleston’s better than tefflon.

  14. Ym says:

    Just bring back brands or donington

  15. Jay B says:

    The logistics of hosting a full 3 day GP event with practice sessions, quali and race make a race in central London highly unlikely. But this deregulation can only be a good thing for the motorsport industry – the UK is at the forefront of motorsport technology and it’s about time the Government did something to encourage it rather suffocate it with so-called ‘green’ regulations. Maybe they should realise that the fuel-efficiency technology and energy recovery systems will eventually make their way to road cars and help contribute to reducing carbon emmissions, as well as entertaining us with exciting races of course!

  16. mem says:

    make the cars silent.
    Run races in london without distubing the posh folk in mayfair.
    moneyspinner to whoever is involves.
    business loss and disruption to everyone else not associated with the race.

    1. aveli says:

      the carnival’s held every year on the posh folk’s turf without a problem. as it happens, the posh folk love f1 too.

  17. Matthew porter says:

    Close the center of London for 3 days? not a chance in hell. 3 Days is the minimum need to host a Grand Prix, closing it for the marathon or the tour de france causes enough chaos but 3 days ?! including a work day? never ever ever ever. Also from a UK centric point of view I like the idea of a major event not in london surrounded by businesses not in London it’s been a thought in the uk to be less ‘London and every where else’ and Silverstone promotes this idea bring it to london and that goes against this idea!
    I like the idea of a Goodwood festival of speed style 1 day event in central London at the end of the championship (and maybe in Paris and other city centers promoting the sport around the world) and I think it’s much more possible also as a way to present the world champion with there trophy I like it better than the current closed of dinner!

    1. Prashant says:

      I would have thought it a non-starter for this reason too.

      Yes Singapore works, but the government there has a tighter rule over the city. I wouldn’t think the many and varied businesses in the City and surrounds would agree to this. Some of them will, especially if they become sponsors, but getting everyone onboard would be impossible.

      Or can the local government just use their authority to approve the race and not worry about the fallout? I doubt they would.

      And a tourism centred argument is tenuous. Firstly London is already a tourism hub virtually all year round, and closing down parts of the city would actually hinder access to some of the popular sights, without appreciable upside.

      That said – I hope it happens one day – would be quite a spectacle.

  18. aveli says:

    a london race would be a huge success. we all saw how the olympics went down. boris johnson loves f1 and the financial markets love f1 so there is no reason why funding can’t be got. it’d be like hosting the olympics every year. if ecclestone wants it, he will have it.

  19. Tone says:

    I think we need more races in places that have no F1 tradition with lots of empty grandstands

  20. Olivier says:

    Formula E* is a more likely scenario.

    (*) Buemi has been quickest during pre-season testing at Donnington: http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/july/sebastien-buemi-quickest-on-penultimate-day-of-testing.aspx

    1. Olivier says:

      Actually, it already happened:

      http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/video/formula-e-races-into-london.aspx

      I am really looking forward to this series.

      They are doing everything right so far:
      1. A solid and diverse field of teams with talented ex F1 drivers.
      2. Low profile tyres.
      3. No sound.
      4. They even have a Youtube channel with shareable 1 min videos.
      5. fan boost sounds crazy but it certainly is a better idea than the Double Points finale. It bypasses PR and corporate speak and encourages the drivers to be more personal with the fans. I can imagine Hamilton benefitting from this. It would have given him a REAL home advantage. I hope it works out nice.

      I just hope the design of the cars will evolve from here. I don’t like the sameness of GP2. Let the engineers come up with the best design within the technical regulations.

    2. Olivier says:

      Ohmy … they even have two female drivers on the grid!

      Consider me a fan.

      F1 is a Dinosaur.

    3. Olivier says:

      James! You missed the launch of Formula E? It was three days ago in London:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnaHbravIY0&list=UU-DuRqsBQOEk_5o1q4Ze-Fg

      Buemi gets my fan boost.

      1. James Allen says:

        Not it was two weeks ago in London! The test was this week at Donington – perhaps that was what you were thinking of?

      2. Olivier says:

        You’re right. My mistake. The video was published on July 8. Hence the confusion. You did write an article about it on July 1: http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2014/07/formula-e-launches-the-race-to-the-future/

        Here’s a little idea to finetune the fanboost:

        1. They should let the fans vote for their driver of the day after each race. The top three gets an extra boost for the next race.

        2. They should let you log in using your twitter or facebook. Right now they ask you to register on their site first.

        All in all I am well impressed by Formula e’s approach to engage the younger audience. They’re present on social media and it looks like they’re going to have their own social platform.

        F1 should take notice to both Formula E and Le Mans. Both nailed it.

      3. Olivier says:

        Here’s the link to their fanboost page:

        http://fanboost.fiaformulae.com/#bodyWrapper

  21. Luke Dalton Esq. says:

    Would be great! The Birmingham Super Prix was always a success! Maybe not in London though.
    Although I think Labour and the Green groups would massively object! e.g. “its morally wrong, damaging to the environment, promotes dangerous driving etc etc”

  22. Peter says:

    Keep historic circuits, please. Those are built to host races. What is the point to abound great real circuits and build artificial ones and than dismantle them again on huge costs when we are talking about cutting tests and free practices to save costs? That is not the time for crazy ideas its the time to enhance or rather rebuild the essential roots of F1 and make great racing. I am not against development, but this is not the way to go in my opinion.

  23. Andrew Carter says:

    I wish people would give this idea a rest, it’ll never happen, too many practical problems to add to the question of who the hell would pay for the massive roadworks that would be needed.

  24. goonerf1 says:

    I think a Grand Prix around London would be a bad idea.

    But being able to have promo events on the roads a couple of weeks or so before F1 roles into town I think is a superb idea. A kind of F1 roadshow if you will. Get them going in major cities in the run up to countries Grand Prix.

    Though people might feel a bit deceived if an old screaming V8 or V10 turns up, and they then go to the circuit to hear quiet V6′s. Maybe a current car would be better? But I’m sure that would cause problems between the teams. Maybe each team runs 1 car per city?

    Either way, F1 has to go to the people, not expect the people to come to them.

  25. Edward H says:

    London used to host a local circuit used mainly for Formula 2 and F3 events: Crystal Palace, a place where talents like Jochen Rindt and James Hunt came to prominence for the first time. Sadly the actual circuit closed in the 70′s but the track itself is still there, at least in part…I think that’s a more realistic option for a ‘London’ grand prix…Great history at that track.

  26. aveli says:

    i remember when regent street was closed for coulthard, button, brundle and co to drive f1 cars up and down the street. there were more people in attendance than i have ever seen at any race weekend and it was that well publicised. the helicopters estimated half a million people. based on that alone, i think it would be the most successful race weekend on the calendar if they manage to pull it off.

    1. mem says:

      i remember some aspects of it so well , the roar of the engines echoing off the buildings. trouble is i dont think i caught a glimse of even one car due to the depth of the crowd. With the new silent cars it would just feel like queuing up at the post office.

      1. aveli says:

        they would erect grand enough stands to accommodate the audience with large streets and speakers to enhance the experience. there will be no need for excessive notices or health threatening sounds. f1 would be spectacular in london and would soon become as iconic as backenham palace.

  27. Vincent says:

    I hate the idea of a London circuit, there is no way the F1 calendar would host 2 British grand prix so it would be at the cost of Silverstone, one of the greatest races on the calendar that has a near perfect racing track.

    Yet more stupid politics for F1 and now with added CaMoron will only make things worse.

    1. aveli says:

      a large population of the nation don’t even know when and/or where the british grand prix is held because it is held out of sight but as soon as it is held in london,, nearly everyone would know about it.

  28. Jonno says:

    No chance. It’s a non-starter. We are not some tin-pot country where the citizens can’t complain about the disruption this would cause.
    I watched Le Tour in deepest Essex on Monday. What a mess they made of closing the roads and a bigger one reopening them after the last vehicle had gone past.

    1. aveli says:

      have you not heard of the london carnival or the lord mayors parade or st patricks day parade or the queen’s birthday parade where multiple cannons are fired? no one complains.

      1. Jonno says:

        Slow moving, lasting less than a day, parades. Have you been to Silverstone or any of our race tracks? Spectators are kept 30 feet or more away from the action, behind chainlink fencing, because of the danger of cars leaving the track and throwing parts all over the place.

        When you find a possible circuit in London, of over 2 miles, that’s wide enough to run a race, let us know. Oh, for obvious reasons you can’t use The Mall.

      2. aveli says:

        jonno, I have been to silverstone and monaco so i know that it is not a problem to hold a Grand Prix in london. There are numerous events held in london throughout the year which involve the erection of grand stands. why would ecclestone want to hold a race in london if it wasn’t possible?

  29. Lohani says:

    Bernie uncle, if you’re listening, I have an idea – Saturn Grand Prix. (face glowing emoticon or thereabouts). Eureka! Basically, the idea is to construct a moving track on the Saturn rings – a straight that had no elevation on the lap 4 will suddenly have elevation changes on lap 45. But, oh blimey, Saturn is too large. How can we ever organize a GP on this scale? We could, err, have different regions around the saturn rig belts each year to hold the event and spice up the show. Since we’ve already experimented with ‘pimp my ride’ wheels, rocket engines aren’t too far fetched. It’ll beat Monza as the fastest track on the calender. Meteor showers will also help in artificial sparks. :-D

    Track walk will be space walk, and TV coverage will truly be satellite coverage. :-D.

    Just playing around – a thousand apologies.
    A street race in London would be good if someone could pull it off, though.

  30. Kristiane says:

    Watching Top Gear racing in caravans, taxis and airport utility vehicles are much much MUCH more entertaining and thrilling to watch than what F1 has been doing for the past decade. The only right thing F1 did in recent years was reintroducing slicks back, everything else has been a huge turn off, and I have skipped quite a few races already, or even half seasons for the past 2 years.

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