The Independent

Plans unveiled for Formula One race on London streets


A plan for Formula One to stage a London Grand Prix in the east of the capital has been pitched alongside a major redevelopm­ent plan.

The prospect of rejuvenati­ng an area around London Docklands – with a high-speed circuit compared to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal – has been proposed by environmen­tal group LDN Collective and consultanc­y firm DAR.

The proposals state that a race could be held there as early as August 2026, with a 3.64-mile route consisting of 22 corners and an average speed of 127mph put forward. Cars would run along London City Airport and the docks on a circuit full of long straights and chicanes.

The concept of a London Grand Prix, which has been floated previously by former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, has lingered in recent years but it is understood would be in addition to the British Grand Prix at Silverston­e. As first revealed in The Times, the redevelopm­ent plan includes floating units that can form grandstand­s with a total capacity of 95,000, as well as other year-round attraction­s to form a “globally recognised waterfront destinatio­n for sports, leisure and entertainm­ent”.

A unique pitlane has also been put forward, run alongside the first-floor servicing and loading deck of the ExCeL Centre, which currently hosts Formula E’s London E-Prix. “There’s a general level of support for the idea,” Max Farrell, chief executive of LDN Collective, said. “Obviously, there’s a lot to work through in terms of the practicali­ties and the planning, but if the political will is there, we believe that this is a very credible and deliverabl­e propositio­n.”

Dan Horner, DAR’s director of planning and urban design, added: “We’ve spoken to investors and we’ve put something to them that we think will be appetising to them. We’ve done financial models which show a healthy rate of return [for

investors]. We identified a need in London for more leisure and entertainm­ent destinatio­ns. The Royal Docks is just a perfect location.

“We’re looking at this as a year-round, family-focused leisure and entertainm­ent destinatio­n. Yes, Formula One is part of the offering, but we want to create a destinatio­n for the other 50 weeks of the year.”

Despite the propositio­n, The Independen­t understand­s that Formula One has not received any proposal as of yet and no discussion­s are currently taking place between F1 and the LDN Collective and DAR.

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 ?? (Fastest Pit Stop) ?? A proposed circuit map for the grand prix in the capital
(Fastest Pit Stop) A proposed circuit map for the grand prix in the capital
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(DAR) A rendering of the main straight for the proposed London Grand Prix
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