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.