F1 plans to create London Grand Prix at Royal Docks ‘advanced’ as UK adds second race

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F1 have revealed plans to build a new circuit at the Royal Docks in London. The capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan has given his full support to the proposal, which is thought to be at an advanced stage.


He is hoping to bring F1 to London before his second term comes to an end in 2024.

Should these plans come to fruition, the UK would have two races on the F1 calendar, joining the likes of Italy who have staged events in Imola and Monza this season.

According to The Daily Mail, it is understood that US investment firm 777 Partners have joined forces with a UK sports group to build not only a race track but a brand new sports and entertainment complex in the borough of Newham.

Founder of 777 Partners Josh Wander is optimistic plans will be successful and believes the new facilities would be of significant benefit to the local community.

“We are hopeful that it is coming. We are hugely excited about it,” Wander said.

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“There will be an electric atmosphere as the greatest athletes in the world, along with an international fanbase and the world’s largest companies as sponsors, descend on the Docks for race weekend.”

The businessman, whose firm also own Italian football club Genoa, added: “More importantly, we will build a world-class sports and entertainment complex that can serve the community year-round and revitalise the surrounding areas.

“It is the type of thing you really can’t quantify until it actually happens, but the impact is dramatic.”

London has long been touted as a potential F1 venue, with previous proposals including a race taking place at one of the city’s famous landmarks, such as Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

Plans were due to be set in motion last year, but were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the plan is now back on and Khan hopes a new Grand Prix can become the focal point for his major east London regeneration project.

The aim is for the new London GP to be a carbon neutral event and the first race that can only be accessed by public transport.

Unmesh Desai, London Assembly member for City and East and a close friend of the Mayor, said: “It is about opening up east London.

“There is so much potential and that is why Formula One want to be involved. They believe in us and we believe in them. It is a two-way partnership.

“When Formula One and other major events come to east London, it will show that we are now firmly on the map. I am more than hopeful. It will happen.”

Reinforcing the idea of assisting the local area, Wander added: “We believe the project itself is going to completely reinvigorate and transform the community.

“It brings the short-term excitement of a world-class race limited to the world’s premier cities — but at the same time we have the opportunity to create a sustainable long-term impact for the community and the surrounding areas.”

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