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Formula One Could Come To The Streets Of London

Formula One Could Come To The Streets Of London

Replace pit stops for a quick stop to pay the congestion charge and Formula One racing in London could be excellent. The cars may be heading to the Big Smoke this summer, although not to race.

F1 road races are some of the most iconic and beautiful races going even if they don't always end up being the most exciting.

There isn't a Formula One fan around who doesn't look forward to Monaco every year, apart from Fernando Alonso this year of course, even if there's often a lack of overtaking.

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Monaco is part of motorsports triple crown along with the Indy 500 and Le Mans. PA Images

A race round the streets of London taking in sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Trocadero would look fantastic, but it's pretty unrealistic.

However after changes to the law in England talks are underway about F1 cars coming to the streets of London in an event on July 12th, the week leading up to Silverstone.

A Westminster City Council spokesperson said: "Officers from the Greater London Authority and Westminster City Council have met with event organisers about a potential showcase event in central London, not a race.

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"Discussions are at a very early stage and as such nothing has been agreed."

The Silverstone crowd quite like Lewis Hamilton. PA Images

The event, which would be part of Liberty Media's new strategy to make a bigger event out of race weeks, would see the likes of Lewis Hamilton drive past Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament.

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The sport's new owner Chase Casey recently said, "London is a great city, and there is no question [you think of it] when you think where are the cities you want to be in.

"We are talking to a lot of people. Realistically I have got a page-long list of places that would like to have races."

How good might a race in London be?

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