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Britain clearing path for F1 street race in London

  • Published on 02 Feb 2016 09:37
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1 has turned another corner on the long road to a street race in London. The idea has been doing the rounds for years, but it might now regain momentum after British grand prix chief Patrick Allen admitted late last year that Silverstone might not be able to afford the race fee in the future. "Can I guarantee the future? No I can't," he told the Telegraph last September.

Now, Britain's Times newspaper claims the London grand prix might soon be back on the agenda. Government sources reportedly say legislation to allow councils to close roads for motor racing will be put through parliament "within months". The department for transport confirmed that ministers wanted "to make it easier for local authorities to manage their own sports events".

British F1 legend Sir Stirling Moss commented: "When I was racing, we nearly had a race around Hyde Park and that was turned down by the police. If there's any way they can get a local council to do it now, then it's absolutely fantastic." (GMM)

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  • Pompey

    Posts: 84

    In a city such as London terrorists would have as much time to prepare an attack as the race organisers have to prepare the race. That is too big a threat.

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 11:32
  • lezmar63

    Posts: 2

    The Deregulation Bill went through in March last year, and so is already law, so alas this story is not News ??

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 11:52
  • f1dave

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    No street courses !

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 15:52
  • Hepp

    Posts: 200

    "Mr. Ecclestone? It's Mr. Tilke on the phone."
    "Tell Herman he can have the job if I get my fee up front and I get the Naming Rights."

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 16:21
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    No more street courses plz, Monaco should be the exception and maybe Singapore by night but that's it, no more.
    Baku could be a joke since it will be very narrow at some places.

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    • Feb 2 2016 - 19:46
    • Hepp

      Posts: 200

      Too bad... Pastor is gone, I was looking forward to seeing his "expertise" in Baku. Even if he learned the course on a bicycle, he would still be trading paint with something.

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      • Feb 2 2016 - 19:54

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