Formula One could be on London's streets next year


Formula One could be coming to the streets of London as early as next year if Bernie Ecclestone has his way.

The billionaire said it would be "fantastic" to have a race in the middle of the capital, and believes it would be popular with viewers.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone
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A proposed London Grand Prix, including sections past Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace, has previously been sketched out, but plans have been held up as secondary legislation is required to allow councils to close roads for high-speed road races.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said this would be addressed in "due course".

Speaking to ITV News London, Ecclestone, chief executive of the Formula One Group which manages F1 rights, said: "The answer is if it can be done, then yes, we'd love to do it.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton
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"There is a small technical issue, who is going to pay for it, but apart from that I can't see any dramas."

Races in the Formula E, which used electric-powered cars travelling at up to 140mph, were held in Battersea Park last year.