Formula 1 held a live street demonstaration around Trafalgar Square in London yesterday. The event was a huge success, with thousands of fans lining the streets to see F1 on the streets of the capital. The event has brought back the idea of holding a race on the capital’s streets. Especially after Silverstone announced it would end it’s current agreement with F1 after the 2019 race.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is open to the idea. “”If F1 want to speak to me I am keen to listen,” he said.”My ambition is for London to carry on being the sporting capital of the world”. London is already set to host over 17 major sporting events between now and the end of Silverstone’s contract. It was also the host of the 2012 Olympic games, which helped boost it’s recognition as a sporting capital. “There are some hurdles to overcome, but I am certainly interested in the future in having F1 in London”.
Silverstone’s announcement has paved the way for a possible race in London according to Christian Horner. Horner was “amazed” that the BRDC (Silverstone’s owners) would allow it. Silverstone has always been thought of as the only venue for a British Grand Prix. It wouldn’t be the first time a World Championship race has been run around London. Formula E visited the capital for its title decider in 2016, and raced around Battersea Park. If a London race joined the calendar, it would be the fifth street circuit on the calendar. Currently the races in Australia, Canada, Azerbaijan & Monaco are all held on temporary street circuits.
Does Formula 1 need another street circuit on the calendar? Or should Liberty Media be focusing on cutting a new deal with Silverstone, the host of the first Formula 1 race in 1950?