F1 responds to plans for a 'London Grand Prix' to be held at Royal Docks
Formula One have denied that there are any plans to stage a ‘London Grand Prix’ after proposals for a new race at the Royal Docks were announced.
On Tuesday, The Times reported that the idea for a race track capable of hosting F1 was included in a £250million redevelopment plan that hopes to turn the Royal Docks in east London into a new waterfront destination.
Dar and LDN Collective, who are behind the project, claim that if all goes well in regards to planning permission and financing we could see a grand prix on the streets of the UK’s capital as early as 2026.
Talks have reportedly already been held with the sport’s owners Liberty Media, with the chief executive of LDN Collective Max Farrell saying: ‘There’s a general level of support for the idea.
‘Obviously, there’s a lot to work through in terms of the practicalities and the planning, but if the political will is there, we believe that this is a very credible and deliverable proposition.’
The proposed circuit itself is 5.9km long and would see the likes of Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen racing down the waterfront along the Royal Albert and Royal Victoria docks before turning around the ExCel Centre.
The layout has already been compared to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada and also incorporates some of the Formula E track that has been in use since 2021.
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However, it should be noted that all of these proposals are very much in the early stages of development, though according to a F1 spokesman they are in fact already dead in the water.
They said: ‘There are no plans for a Docklands Grand Prix. We have a long-standing relationship with Silverstone.’
Silverstone is one of the best and most popular motorsport venues in the world and held the very first F1 race back in 1950 and has hosted nearly every single British Grand Prix since.
The Northamptonshire-based track is currently contracted to host F1 until at least 2024 and drivers and fans will be extremely keen to see its deal renewed especially with more and more historical tracks at risk of being discontinued.
In the meantime, the 2023 season continues this weekend with the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
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