It might sound ridiculous but Croydon could host a Formula One grand prix

Croydon host Formula One grand UK

Formula One bosses have confirmed they are exploring the idea of holding a second grand prix in Britain, and Croydon has put itself forward to be considered as a potential venue for any new track.

The possibility of a grand prix in London has been in the pipeline for years, and last week F1 sporting director Ross Brawn said the capital’s outskirts could be the best option.

It is understood Formula 1 bosses want to explore all available options in the coming months, with an added urgency being adopted considering Silverstone has activated a break clause in its contract, meaning the 2019 race will be its last without a fresh deal.

In an interview with the Evening Standard, Brawn said he believes a track on the outskirts of the capital is realistic.

“I think because F1 is a week-long activity minimum, the disruption it would cause in the centre of London would be unacceptable,” he said.

“I don’t think Londoners really need to worry about us taking over the centre of London for a week.

“But there are things on the periphery that are being explored – not slap-bang in the centre of London but Greater London.

“We’d like to see London complement Silverstone, not replace it. We could see ways we could make it work [on] both sides. London is an iconic city with a massive history in the sport and there’s huge enthusiasm here.”

Croydon Council has not held any discussions with F1 bosses about the possibility of a grand prix being held in the borough, but Oliver Lewis, the cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, says he is looking forward to seeing “what might be possible”.

The Labour councillor for New Addington told us: “The idea of holding a Formula One race in Croydon is certainly an interesting one and I would love to see if it would be possible to craft a circuit from our road network.

“Monaco has always been an iconic Grand Prix with its city circuit, could Croydon be the next? We could have cars racing over the flyover, a pit lane on the underpass perhaps and a finishing straight outside the town hall?

“We’ve had bike races in the town centre previously so why not F1? It would be great to have a conversation and see what might be possible.”

Croydon CycleFest, which has seen professional cyclists race around the town centre for the last three years, shows a large sporting event is doable in the borough, although it is safe to say a grand prix would be on a much bigger scale.

Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see if such an event can be organised in Croydon.

While a London grand prix has several challenges that would need to be overcome, city mayor Sadiq Khan is said to consider it realistic, which could pave the way for F1 chiefs to speak with Croydon Council.

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.”

 

Published by “My London News “

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