Thread of the Day | London to kill Silverstone GP?


Talk of a London Grand Prix seems to increase annually around the time of the British F1 round, before quickly dying down as normal service is resumed. A London race might have been a dream of Bernieโ€™s but it was always too costly, disruptive and, given that Silverstone is barely 80 miles away, thought too much of a threat for the home of British motorsport. But in recent months F1โ€™s owner, Liberty Media, has been consistently supportive of a race in the capital, to the extent that the BRDC has hit out at the implications it would have.

The group that owns Silverstone believes a London race would have to take place close in the calendar due to the UKโ€™s weather, and that the cityโ€™s direct links to global transport and, well, the fact itโ€™s a major world tourism destination would directly harm Silverstone ticket sales. The BRDC has categorically said it expects a London race to make a Silverstone GP financially unviable โ€“ and that comes after itโ€™s already threatened to cancel the contract for reasons relating to a growing host fee.

But is the BRDC underestimating the draw of Silverstone for a spectator? This is one of F1โ€™s original race tracks, with world famous corners like the high-speed Maggots, Becketts complex remaining a driversโ€™ and spectatorsโ€™ favourite for how it tests man and machine. The circuit might have received drastic modification in 2010, but itโ€™s still largely recognisable from the original layout and therefore holds value to the deepest F1 enthusiasts. We must not forget, Silverstone has put on some brilliant races, too.

Todayโ€™s F1 organisers may be big fans of city races, but surely they can also see the value of a Silverstone event? Or do you think the draw of London would be too great to resist, if a solid plan for a GP can indeed be drawn up? Join the conversation on the thread here.

P.H. O'meter

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