London Could Get a Formula One Grand Prix Within a Year

By Gerald Lynch on at

David "Pan Face" Cameron has, for once, done something that we can all get behind, looking to fast-track new laws that could see London host a Formula One Grand Prix in just a year's time.

Speaking at the opening of a new F1 Williams team factory in Oxfordshire, Cameron announced: “We are bringing British motor racing back to British roads, to benefit local communities.”

Coming hot on the heels of the Tour de France London leg, which saw 3.5 million spectators line the streets of London, the Government is looking to offer local authorities the option to suspend the Road Traffic Act temporarily. It would allow drivers to negate speed limits, and give authorities the flexibility to close roads for the benefit of race events. Road closures are already allowed for cycling and running events, but health and safety concerns have previously forbidden road racing.

Purported serial tax-dodger and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has long campaigned for a London leg of the racing series, drawing up a possible route that would take in landmarks such as Trafalgar Square and the Mall.

Any eventual Formula One race would follow the London debut of the Formula E electric car series. Kicking-off in Beijing on September 13th, the inaugural championship will include a route around Battersea Park on June 27th 2015. Testing of the futuristic cars has already begun at the Donnington Race track.

Image Credits: F1 Driver Kimi Raikkonen from Shutterstock.com / @david_cameron