Thursday, 27 February 2014

London GrandPrix takes a step closer to reality

(Ben Johnston 2014)
The prospect of a Formula One Grand Prix on the streets of London has taken a step closer today with reports that the government are set to introduce legislation to relax road safety regulations in the city.
The legislation change would make it easier for motorsport events to be held on the streets of the city. In 2012, Santander in co-operation with their partner McLaren came up with a simulation of what a proposed circuit lay-out around the capital would look like.
Formula One has a long history of running car demonstrations in cities around the UK. McLaren have run their 2008 car in Manchester, Red Bull Racing have conducted championship celebrations on the streets of their home base in Milton Keynes.
The sport has even performed demonstration runs in London, with Mark Webber and Red Bull Racing conducting a mock pit-stop in the city during the build up to the British Grand Prix. The sport even demonstrated cars around Leicster Square and Regent Street in 2004 when Martin Brundle and Nigel Mansell along with some other drivers did demonstration runs.
In 2012, when the idea was first discussed London mayor Boris Johnson gave the project 'qualified support'.
It is unclear however, if a race in London was to get the go ahead when it would take place however it has previously been suggested that a London Grand Prix could take place just before the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
We'll just have to watch this space.
©Ben Johnston 2014

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