London Mayor Sadiq Kahn has confirmed that the city are in talks with Formula One about hosting a Grand Prix on the streets of the English capital in the future. Speaking as Formula One hit the streets of London at Trafalgar Square and Whitehall on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Kahn said:
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The ten teams were joined by 19 of the 20 drivers on the grid as the capital roared to life to the sound of Formula One engines as drivers performed doughnuts and burnouts on the streets to the delight of a huge crowd.
It an event which was put together by Jake Humphrey, David Coulthard and Velocity. Kahn said he is happy to talk, listen and work with F1 and that there are a few hurdles that to be overcome.
Many of the drivers who were at the London event said that they wanted a Grand Prix in London.
The event was co-hosted by Channel 4’s David Coulthard, Eddie Jordan and Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle along with Jake Humphrey. One noticeable absence which did not go down well was triple world champion Lewis Hamilton who elected not to attend the event and instead opted to go on a two day holiday.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff defended his drivers decision by saying that Hamilton felt that due to the intense nature of recent races and the battle for the championship with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton felt he needed to recharge before his home race this weekend.