New plans to bring British Grand Prix to London are unveiled, fans are divided
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Formula 1 fans have been left divided as new proposals for a London Grand Prix have been unveiled by planners.
LDN Collective, a group of built environmental experts, and consultancy firm DAR have pitched the docklands in East London as a potential F1 venue.
Consultants working on the redevelopment of the Royal Docks have included a 3.6-mile circuit into their plans, which features a 22-corner track, consisting of long straights and chicanes.
It's the latest attempt to bring F1 to the capital, with previous bids falling short due to the impracticality of closing busy streets and cramming crowds into its layout.
New proposals for a London Grand Prix have been revealed by planners who are in touch with Formula 1 and say that the first race could be held as early as 2026.— Fastest Pitstop (@FastestPitStop) March 14, 2023
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However, the idea of bringing a grand prix to central London has not been well received among F1 fans on social media.
One Twitter user wrote: "We want races on actually specific designed circuits, another UK race wouldn’t surprise me with all the new interest atm."
A second argued: "This would be insane! It's literally happening opposite my house."
A third added: "Okay we need to stop with all the street tracks especially in places that already have established tracks."
A fourth commented: "Oh brother another disgustingly tight street circuit for the disgustingly big cars to run on and not be able to overtake consistently on."
A fifth said: "Imagine being the pinnacle of racing and not wanting to race at an actual purpose built race track."
Despite the proposals, an F1 spokesperson has claimed there are no plans for a docklands Grand Prix.
The statement reads: "There are no plans for a docklands Grand Prix. We have a long-standing relationship with Silverstone."
The Silverstone circuit, near the Northamptonshire villages of Towcester, is the home of the British Grand Prix and has been a staple on the F1 calendar.
The Silverstone race for this season takes place on July 9.
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Topics: Formula 1