According to the Times, F1 is considering organizing a Grand Prix in the streets of London soon. Discussions around the project would also be well advanced.
Las Vegas, which will make its debut on the calendar on November 19, will confirm this season that F1 loves urban grand prix. Monaco, and its emblematic circuit in the middle of the city, or even Baku, a meeting that has become eagerly awaited by fans, are also proof of this. London could very soon be added to the list. To believe The Times this Tuesday, F1 would think very seriously about organizing a grand prix soon in the heart of the capital of the United Kingdom. A plan of this circuit imagined in the area of the Royal Docks, the mythical industrial district of London in the East of the city located on the banks of the Thames would have already been sent to the American owners of the category.
Moreover, still according to The Times, London and Liberty Media have already started very serious discussions around the project, and these are well advanced. We should therefore probably expect to see the light of day in the coming years – probably by 2026 – of this first London Grand Prix in history, with a course of approximately 5.9 kilometers on the menu, for 22 turns, as for the legendary Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal (Canada).
What about the British GP?
🚨| Some plans have emerged for London to have an F1 GP in the Docklands area.
They look to rejuvenate the area and create a water-front destination with a 5.9km circuit, similar to Gilles Villeneuve.
The project would cost up to £250 million and payed by private investors. pic.twitter.com/9Mf0tVWZgJ
— Formula World (@Formula_World__) March 14, 2023
To allow the large number of spectators (we are talking about 92,000 in total) to come and watch the exploits of locals Lewis Hamilton or George Russell, as is the case every year at Silverstone during the British GP, floating stands should be designed, knowing that the circuit would only be temporary. Twenty-four months of work should be necessary to complete the project, if it is not abandoned by then, for a total cost of around 250 million euros.
For the moment, the excitement would be on the contrary at its height. But perhaps much less on the side of the organization of the British GP. Thus, if the hypothesis of this (urban) London GP were to gain weight, the Silverstone meeting could bear the brunt of it and possibly disappear from the agenda. To be continued.