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LDN Collective: We know F1 want a London Grand Prix

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Talk of a London Grand Prix has surfaced again, with a serious proposal put forward to City officials which could see Formula 1 on the streets of England’s capital.

LDN Collective are breathing life into a concept that emerges in F1 circles every decade or so, but this time around the plan seems do-able, with the sport booming and rapidly shifting from traditional circuits for inner-city venues that provide far easier access to a new generation of F1 fans that cannot get enough of the sport.

Recent city projects that turn cities into pop-up Grand Prix arenas include Baku where F1 heads for Round 4 of the 2023 F1 World Championship next, Jeddah that had its race in March, as well as Miami last year, and this year’s Las Vegas Grand Prix, on the famous Strip.

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The London Grand Prix circuit being proposed would be a 5.9 km circuit with 22 corners, with an average [simululated] speed of 204 kph and [simululated] speed of 204 kph and an expected lap time of around one minute and 40 seconds.

Wolff: Racing in London would top everything

LDN Collective CEO Max Farrell, suggested a London Grand Prix, when revealing his organisation’s proposal last week: “We are excited to bring forward this vision which could do for the Royal Docks what the Olympics did for Stratford and the Lea Valley.

“By extending the promenade we are creating a flexible eventscape and by creating floating commercial uses we are making the proposal financially viable and deliverable, without the taxpayer footing the bill.

“We know that Formula 1 is interested in hosting a Grand Prix here and we have designed a track that meets all of their requirements and regulations. We have discussed the proposals with the GLA [Greater London Authority], who are developing a water strategy and planning framework with Newham Council, which we will align with.

“With or without F1, these proposals are transformational and would be a huge boost to London and the UK globally,” added Farrell.

London Grand Prix Proposal by LDN Collective

The LDN Collective and Dar unveiled a new vision for the Royal Docks to transform the area into a globally recognised waterfront destination for sports, leisure and entertainment and host a major motorsport event.

The concept extends the width of the existing 10m embankment by 20m for a length of 2.7km along the Royal Victoria and Royal Albert Dock embankment from ExCeL to the University of East London, creating 48,140 sqm of prime waterfront land.

The water’s edge would be activated by a series of floating modules, combining to provide further community space along the embankment edge and 70,790 sqm (GFA) for a wide variety of functions, from boutique hotels and restaurants to libraries and pocket parks.

Movable and flexible in configuration, the 28 modules offer 22 revenue-generating units and six high-quality floating parks with different uses, from spaces to relax and socialise, to playgrounds, learning areas, adventure zones and exercise spaces.

For fifty weeks of the year, London’s new waterside boulevard would be an ‘eventscape’ programmed to host events and activities with a cycling and running track encouraging healthy and active lifestyles.

As the race week approaches, the embankment’s linear park can be disassembled to reveal the race track, while floating units would be reconfigured to provide grandstands, food and beverage outlets and entertainment facilities.

The London street circuit will be high-speed with maximised overtaking opportunities

A major motorsport event in this location would offer a waterside street circuit with high speed, long duration and full throttle sections with heavy braking zones to maximise over-taking. The 5,868m circuit would have 22 corners, an average speed of 204 kph and an anticipated lap time of 1’42.1.

The design incorporates a mix of floating and non-floating grandstands with a capacity for over 95,000 people and a unique pit lane that would use ExCeL’s first-floor servicing and loading deck for increased viewing opportunities.

This vision for the northern embankment of the Royal Docks is intended as a catalyst for investment in the area combining mixed-use facilities with social infrastructure for local residents and the community.

The Royal Docks offer 485 hectares of land, 100 hectares of water and almost 12 miles of waterfront. Committed investment in the designated opportunity area includes the £3.5bn regeneration of Silvertown Quays into a new innovation quarter for global brands and businesses, more than £10m to establish the London Institute of Transport Technology on Albert Island and £500m rebranding of London City Airport as a hub for business and leisure with expanded global links.

The proposal advances over 40 years of regeneration efforts for the area since the Royal Docks closed to commercial traffic in 1981. The Victoria Dock opened in 1855 with the Albert Dock following in 1880 and the King George Dock in 1921.

Domenicali: F1 is ready to discuss a London Grand Prix

Efforts to regenerate the docks had already begun in 1976 with the creation of the Docklands Joint Committee, followed by the London Docklands Development Corporation in 1981. City Airport and the DLR were completed in 1987.

In 2016, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone revealed that a London Grand Prix was mooted for 2017, but that came to nothing but, over the years, was on the supremo’s agenda (for whatever motive/ shenanigans) and, for the first time since his demise, is back on the F1 radar with, possibly a more realistic chance of happening, than ever before.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has lobbied hard for a London race and told the London Evening Standard in 2021: “I would like that we have a grand prix in Silverstone as this is what the fans love and Silverstone is part of the traditional circuit of races in Formula 1. But racing in London would top everything.”

Although he has yet to see an official London Grand Prix proposal, F1 chief Stefano Domenicali is more than open to the idea: “Why not? It would be great. I think that London maybe has other priorities to tackle but, of course, that would be a great project. We are ready to discuss it because London is where we have the offices, so it would be not bad – easy commuting.”

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