F1 bosses in talks over street demonstration in London

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Formula 1 bosses have held talks regarding a possible street demonstration through the centre of London, England that could take place ahead of the British Grand Prix, according to reports.

Multiple outlets including The Telegraph and The Times reported earlier this week that F1’s new owner, Liberty Media, has held discussions with Westminster City Council regarding a show run.

“Officers from the Greater London Authority and Westminster City Council have met with event organizers about a potential showcase event in central London, not a race,” a statement from Westminster City Council reads.

“Discussions are at a very early stage and as such nothing has been agreed.”

F1 last graced London’s city center back in 2004 (pictured) when cars ran between Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus, driven by Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Nigel Mansell.

Liberty has made its intentions to hold more events in city centers prior to races clear in the past, as well as expressing a desire to stage more grands prix on the streets of major cities.

A law tweak was recently passed in the UK that allows motorsport events to take place on roads and streets, but a grand prix in London still seems far off.

City mayor Sadiq Khan is open to staging motorsport events in the city, though, and is known to be pushing for Formula E to return after its spell at Battersea Park ended in 2016 following pressure from local residents.