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London mayor: city F1 rase a possibility

By Scott Mitchell

The prospect of a London grand prix has been boosted by the city mayor believing it “should be possible” and Formula 1 targeting a grand prix on the capital’s outskirts. A grand prix in the English city has been little more than a pipe dream for several years but it is an option F1 owner Liberty Media has continued to explore. The future of the British Grand Prix is under threat because current host Silverstone has activated a break clause in its contract with F1 that means the 2019 race will be its last without a fresh deal. However, F1 has made it clear that it wants to maintain its presence in Britain, if not grow it, and it has emerged that a new option to race in London is being considered. While a London grand prix has numerous logistical challenges, city mayor Sadiq Khan is said to consider it realistic. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said: “London is always open to hosting the world’s biggest and best sport events – from the final of UEFA Euro 2020 to the NFL, and the Cricket World Cup to Major League Baseball. “The mayor believes that it should be possible to organise a race in London in the future and has asked his team to explore options with F1.” F1 held a demonstration on the streets of the capital in 2017 ahead of the British GP, the first such event since one in ’04.

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