F1 » Ecclestone insists London GP '100% no joke'

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone insists that plans for a grand prix on the streets of London are pressing ahead, despite obvious drawbacks.

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July 12, 2012 12:55 PM

Here's what I don't understand. Singapore can't be raced in the rain because it would be impossible to see the track. We're in england. It always rains. I think its a stupid idea for it to be a night race

Liam48 - Unregistered

July 12, 2012 1:57 PM


What is even more of a joke is that they're planning on running te race at night and mire than half the year in Britain it rains and it is too dangerous to race in wet conditions with thousands of watts of lighting hitting off a wet track... remember MotoGP at Qatar a few years ago when it rained under floodlights, the race had to be postponed until the next day. Leave Silverstone as the only British race as that is spectacular and brilliant look at BBC's coverage at the weekend.

Ecclestone is a joke and so us this GP!


July 12, 2012 2:35 PM
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I don't think Londoners will put up with the chaos. London has enough congestion without Bernie stepping in to make it worse.
How is he going to compensate the businesses that will have to shut.

magicmingus - Unregistered

July 12, 2012 3:07 PM

It is a great and very exciting idea in theory, however despite being British Bernie is a Tax exile and has no idea how these things work. It would be an absolute nightmare to organise. Half of London would have to shut for several weeks before hand to put everything into place (armco, fencing, "kerbs" etc.).
London is not Monaco, London is a place of great extremes, great wealth and great poverty and it would create havoc for everyone.
Plus if you want to do it at night (as pictures seem to suggest) who is going to play the Electricity bill?.
It'll never happen unless he uses his vast wealth to build a new city called "London" somewhere and put a racetrack in the middle.
Why is he not dead yet?


July 12, 2012 3:12 PM

no, its not a joke! it will be pencilled in for 1st april!
seriously, with boris as mayor, and with bernie having a history of trying to buy a peerage through labour, i cannot see it happening


July 12, 2012 3:48 PM

Bernie is clearly out of his mind! Just weeks ago he cast doubt over NJ because the streets were crowned. He more or less made out that the leveling of the NJ streets would be something along the lines of leveling the Alps, impossible. Are the streets of London not crowned? Are the residents, the Royal Historical Society, and city officials going to allow him the necessary power to remove the designed drainage from the streets surrounding the many Royal and historic landmarks, which are along the proposed race route? It would seem when Bernie stands to make a profit his attitude changes. I suppose it may be that his common sense is blocked by visions of profits. On the surface, this event seems a thousand times less likely to happen than any event Bernie has ever cast doubt over.

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