Formula One group CEO, Bernie Ecclestone has many dreams. One of them is to have Formula 1 cars racing the very heart of Great Britain, the city of London: “The idea of an F1 street race in London is something I have had for many years. It would be magnificent. A few years back over half a million people turned up to watch F1 cars parading through the streets of the capital. The public’s appetite for a London Grand Prix is huge as I am sure it is with the F1 teams and sponsors.” Santander has released a film with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button about how an F1 race in the capital of England might look. Two MacLaren's drivers were the main consultants about how to build a possible track, what corners should be like, and some more little issues that all together made this film possible for thousands of admirers to be passioned about. The growth of F1 popularity in the world influences the evolution of racing brands like Pirelli, Injen, Giovanna, Nifty, Flowmaster, Nexen and others, who help you to feel a bit like Formula 1 driver in your car.
5.156-kilometre circuit will probably have 14 corners with the slowest 10th (75 km/h) and fast 5 streights of about 280-285 km/h each. The roar of powerful 750 bhp cars' exhaust systems will never be forgotten. The track is laid through some well-known London's landmarks: Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Admiralty Arch, Ritz hotel, Piccadilly str., Big Ben etc. Hamilton says: "It really captures my imagination. Racing up The Mall, along Piccadilly – how many fans would be there? How cool would the atmosphere be? Would the Queen be watching? I’d give her a wave on the way past. That’d be pretty neat... The film has really drawn lots of thinking together, from a possible route to the practical logistics and having spent some time helping assess and develop the circuit, I have to tell you that this race would be utterly epic."
Epic race for an ultimate prize and pleasure, where streets are getting more narrow with every lap, when you can wave a Queen, sitting at the balcony and drinking her tea. That's London, that's Formula 1 Grand Prix, that's another night race to look forward to.