Mayor of London ‘keen to listen’ to F1 street race idea

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The Mayor of London is “keen to listen” to any possible proposal for a Formula 1 race in the UK capital following the success of the live demonstration on Wednesday.

F1 Live London saw 19 of the 20 current drivers and a number of the sport’s other iconic racers take part in a special demonstration around Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, incoporating some of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

The showcase came 24 hours after Silverstone, the current host of the British Grand Prix, announced that it would be breaking its current contract after 2019 in a bid to negotiate a better deal.

As a result, fresh hope has been given to the idea of a London street race, something imagined for many years by F1 officials.

Speaking to BBC London Sport, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that he would be receptive to the idea of a race.

“If F1 want to speak to me I am keen to listen,” Khan said.

“My ambition is for London to carry on being the sporting capital of the world.

“There are some hurdles to overcome, but I am certainly interested in the future in having F1 in London.”

London’s most recent motorsport event was its Formula E race at Battersea Park, which was scrapped after two years due to local pressure.

A recent law change in the UK also now permits motorsport events on closed public roads, giving more momentum to dreams of a London Grand Prix.

Reviewing Danica Patrick’s highs and lows at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.

It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.

In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.

“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.

Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.

For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.