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F1 not in talks over London race as developer pushes another plan for grand prix · RaceFans

F1 not in talks over London race as developer pushes another plan for grand prix · RaceFans

Formula 1 says it is not in discussions to hold a race in London, after a property developer put forward the latest proposal to bring the series to the city.

Urban planners LDN Collective and construction engineering consultancy Dar presented plans to develop a sports, leisure and entertainment complex in the Docklands area on the east side of London. The plan envisions the facility operating as a F1 circuit for two weeks of the year.

The proposal makes extensive reference to F1 and includes the FIA-run championship’s logos in its publicity artwork (above). However a spokesperson for F1 said it has not been sent a proposal and no discussions about such a race have taken place.

The developers touted plans for a track akin to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, which also runs alongside a body of water. The proposed layout measures 5.868km, includes 22 corners and has a projected lap time of 102 seconds. Floating grandstands would be used to allow a capacity of 95,000 spectators.

Britain’s round of the world championship is held at Silverstone, which has a contract to hold the race this year and in 2024. The Docklands proposal is the latest in a series of concepts for a London-based grand prix to emerge in recent years, but none have ever come close to being realised.

“With or without F1, these proposals are transformational and would be a huge boost to London and the UK globally,” said LDN Collective CEO Max Farrell.

The proposed race site already hosts Britain’s races in the Formula E world championship.

Docklands London Grand Prix track layout proposal, 2023

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