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Motorsport Events in London
There are lot of talks these days regarding London Grand Prix. And the thought is still lurking whether this motorsport event will occur or not.
With few days remaining, there is certainly a lot of enthusiasm and eagerness to organize this event but the hurdle remains in forms of environment protection and commercial as well. There have been law prohibiting Motor racing on Public roads along with restrictions on Emissions & Noise. Activation of “break clause” in the contract by Silverstone stating that the exorbitant hosting fee for the F1s has heated the argument further.
While the discussion & dialogues goes on to convene this event let’s have a look at the Infographic which encapsulates the hullabaloo surrounding London Grand Prix, probable circuit for the race, hurdles so far and opinions from the bigwigs.
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LONDON GP will it ever be?
Due to a new law being passed, allowing England’s public roads to host Motorsports, we find ourselves getting closer and closer to having a British Grand Prix in London. But will it happen?
MOST LIKELY CIRCUIT
- The Ritz
- National Portrait Gallery
- Canada HOuse
- Admiraitu Arch
- Horseguards Paradise
- 10 Downing
- HM Treasury
- Portcullis House
- Wellington Barracks
- Westminster Abbey
- Place of Westminster
- Wellington Arch
WHY HASN’T THERE BEEN A LONDON GP IN THE PAST?
The Law. It would have been illegal. Motor racing has, as of April 2017 not been allowed on public roads.
Emissions. Currently there are emissions restrictions within London. Formula One cars use a lot of fuel in a short space of time.
Noise. London also has noise restrictions. The capital is loud enough without the roar of 20 F1 cars hurtling around the city.
Logistics. It would be extremely difficult, but not impossible, to stage a race in London. An F1 Grand Prix would necessitate many of London’s streets being closed for at least a week.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR SILVERSTONE
IF A NEW “BRITISH” GRAND PRIX BASED ON LONDON’S STREETS GETS THE GREEN LIGHT, THIS COULD MEAN THE END OF F1 AT SILVERSTONE, BUT WHY?
The British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) are considering dropping the race due to increasing costs.
The BRDC are also considering activating a break clause in their contract.
Will consider all implications before making a final decision by “mid-year”.
Cary’s stance on Silverstone…
“We look forward to engaging with Silverstone and talking about how we make that race can, and is, everything it should be…. We think there are real opportunities to grow Silverstone beyond what it is today.”
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT A POTENTIAL LONDON GP?
“I think you could have a fantastic backdrop of London – or in fact several cities in the UK could do this, but a sporting event against a London backdrop is spectacular, we saw that in the Olympics.” – Andrew Jones, Transport Minister
“This is a seismic shift for UK motorsport, and one that the MSA and the wider motorsport community have pursued determinedly for many years.” – Rob Jones, Motor Sports Association Chief Executive
“This campaign started in January 2010, but this is a subject that has been doing the rounds in motorsport for 30 years… (It’s) a really exciting day for the sport.” – Ben Taylor, International Motor Sports boss
“This is a great move forward for the sport and will bring visitors and pride to parts of the country that wish to stage such events.. I am delighted that this government is embracing motorsport, which will assist the UK’s world-leading position and improve the sport’s ability to help provide opportunities and focus for young people.” – Nigel Mansell, Britain’s former F1 world champion
“When you really picture what it would look like it’s truly mind blowing. You could create such an unique grand prix through the streets of London – the roads are naturally very wide and long, so straight-line speeds would be high, and you could create a real blend of corners and when you combine all of that with the world famous monuments that would feature in the backdrop you can see why it would be an awesome addition to the calendar.” – Jenson Button, Former F1 Driver
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