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GP Week : Issue 160
London grands prix are like buses. You wait ages for one to come along, and then three (sort of) turn up at once. One week after it emerged that one of the proposals currently being considered for the Olympic Park when this summer’s games come to an end involved a Formula One race through the stadium, Bernie Ecclestone has thrown his weight behind a proposal for a street race in central London. Ecclestone has long been keen on the idea of a race near some of London’s most famous buildings, and this current incarnation would see Formula One cars tearing past Buckingham Palace following a screaming run down The Mall. It’s a highly unlikely prospect. Unusually, Ecclestone even went as far as to suggest he would be willing to pay for the race himself, telling The Times: “With the way things are, maybe we would front it and put the money up for it. If we got the okay and everything was fine, I think we could do that. Think what it would do for tourism. It would be fantastic, good for London, good for England – a lot better than the Olympics.” The idea of a race in London was traditionally used to increase pressure on Silverstone to improve its facilities during negotiations for the British Grand Prix contract. But the British circuit has recently undergone a major facelift and signed a long- term contract – Silverstone has nothing to worry about from the F1 boss’ recent comments. It is thought that this time, talk of a London Grand Prix – which is an easy way to fill newspaper comment pages with talk of noise pollution, the inconvenience of road closures, and environmental impact – has been a convenient way of distracting attention from news of Gerhard Gribkowsky’s conviction in Munich. And the third London Grand Prix to rear its head in recent days? That comes courtesy of a Santander publicity event held earlier this week dreamed up by ex-Jaguar Racing PR supremo Nav Sidhu, which showed CGI versions of McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button tearing through a fantasy circuit in the nation’s capital. The event was designed to draw attention to the British Grand Prix. BERNIE BACKS IMAGINARY LONDON GRAND PRIX SCHEME EDITOR: Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com ASSISTANT EDITORS: Naoise Holohan, Kate Walker F1 ANALYST: Peter Windsor MOTOGP EDITOR: Michael Scott firstname.lastname@example.org RALLY EDITOR: Martin Holmes email@example.com PRODUCTION ARTIST: Cedric Dufour PHOTOGRAPHY: Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Dirk Klynsmith, Emily Davenport PUBLISHER: Chris Lambden email@example.com PUBLISHED BY: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 n Mark Sutton email@example.com n Gaye Grinsted (WRC/MotoGP) firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: +44 (0) 207 254 8796 Mob: +44 (0) 7921 283 070 n Adam Hay-Nicholls email@example.com n SE Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org .com WEEK 4 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS