A potential Greater London grand prix is being looked into by Formula One chiefs.
Ross Brawn, F1’s head of motorsport, has ruled out a city-centre race, but believes there is scope for an event on the outskirts of the capital.
Brawn told the Evening Standard: “I think because F1 is a week-long activity minimum, the disruption it would cause in the centre of London would be unacceptable. I don’t think Londoners really need to worry about us taking over the centre of London for a week.
“But there are things on the periphery that are being explored – not slap-bang in the centre of London but Greater London.
“London is an iconic city with a massive history in the sport and there’s huge enthusiasm here.”
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Any new race would not necessarily affect the future of a grand prix at Silverstone, though.
Next year’s round at the Northamptonshire circuit is due to be the last unless a new agreement is reached.
But Brawn added: “We’d like to see London complement Silverstone, not replace it. We could see ways we could make it work both sides.”
Liberty Media, F1’s American owners, is keen to add city races to the F1 calendar, with a round on the streets of Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, penned in for 2020.
London has long been talked about as the venue for an F1 race, but a number of obstacles have prevented it from becoming a reality.
Andy Murray has hit out at the co-host of the 2018 Ballon d’Or awards for asking Norwegian star Ada Hegerberg if she knew how to twerk.
The British tennis ace says the incident shows ‘ridiculous’ sexism is still rife in sport.
Lyon striker Hegerberg was announced as the first ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or at the star-studded event in Paris on Monday night, and gave an empowering speech encouraging more girls to play football.
However, as the 23-year-old was leaving the stage, French DJ and ceremony co-host Martin Solveig asked her if she could twerk.
The three-time women’s Champions League winner abruptly said “no” before walking away.
Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg wins the first ever women’s #BallonDor award.