Formula 1 agree a 15-year strategic partnership with Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur
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Formula 1 has agreed a 15-year strategic partnership with Tottenham Hotspur that will see the delivery of the world’s first-in stadium electric karting facility and London’s longest indoor track.
The partnership, announced on Tuesday morning, will see the exclusive delivery of the world’s first in-stadium electric karting facility that will be based below Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s South Stand.
The one-of-its-kind experience, which will be seen at no other football stadium in Europe, will include separate tracks for both adults and juniors and has been accredited by the National Karting Association, making the facility a potential future venue for national karting championship races.
In addition, the experience will also include interactive motorsport activities and food and beverage facilities.
F1 and Tottenham will also develop a new driver academy programme which aims to widen the motorsport talent pool and help identify the next generation of Formula 1 drivers.
A key focus of the partnership will be to create apprenticeship and career opportunities for local young people and bring greater diversity to the motorsport industry, particularly for women and underrepresented groups.
F1, who are committed to be net zero carbon by 2030 and that target forms part of every decision F1 makes and every initiative they embark on, will also collaborate with Tottenham on sustainability initiatives that promote environmental responsibility.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has opened up on the "extremely exciting" opportunity.
"Since building this stadium our ambition has always been to see how far we can push the boundaries in delivering world-class experiences that will attract people from around the world all year round," he told the club's official website.
"We have been able to bring the biggest names in sport and entertainment to London N17. We are extremely excited about what this long-term partnership with F1 will bring for our global, national and local communities."
Tottenham Hotspur is delighted to announce a 15-year strategic partnership with @F1 that will bring a brand-new motorsport experience to London.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 28, 2023
The world’s first in-stadium karting facility and London’s longest indoor electric go kart track will open in Autumn 2023. ⤵️
Here's how fans have reacted to the news.
One said: "The amount of money being brought into this club that *isn't* being put into the team as a priority is bordering on criminal. Absolutely shameless," while another commented: "The haters are going to hate again. I think it’s great. Well done Levy/Enic."
A third commented: "This stadium really is state of the art. Fantastic partnership and developments. The haters will hate but this is a great piece of business for our club."
A fourth added: "First trophy lifted at the stadium will be at the indoor karting track."
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