Boris Johnson has said that he is still willing to listen to proposals for running an F1 race on the streets of London, even though many dismiss the possibility as unfeasible.

Intoxicated after driving two laps of Battersea Park in an electric-powered Formula E machine ahead of this weekend's season-ending double header of the innovative championship, the city's mayor insisted that he had not entirely discounted bringing motorsport's flagship series to the capital, despite the idea appearing to have been written off largely as a publicity stunt ahead of the British Grand Prix a couple of years ago.

With the Silverstone F1 event due next weekend, and Formula E making its debut on UK shores over the next couple of days, it was perhaps entirely expected that the London Grand Prix idea would again stick its head above the parapet, but Johnson maintains that, should the next proposal prove workable, he would not dismiss it.

"I am certainly willing to look at it," he told Britain's Guardian newspaper, "I am always interested in projects that attract jobs and bring growth. The question of air quality and noise impact will have to be looked at, [but] I am broadly positive providing we can satisfy the air quality and noise issues."

The most visible proposal for a London F1 race appeared a couple of years ago, with then McLaren team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button supporting a plan fronted by sponsor Santander, but the idea of a race around the capital's streets has been bouncing around for some time, with series czar Bernie Ecclestone even having offered to cover the cost of staging the event.

Pollution and noise issues aside, the biggest stumbling block to staging an F1 race where Formula E dares to tread this weekend will be financial, with the city itself expected to pick up its share of the bill in the way that the borough of Wandsworth has done for the all-electric event.

"[Formula E] is a wonderful event for London," he said. "I congratulate everyone at Formula E, and Wandsworth has played a blinder getting it here in Battersea. Let's make sure we have it every year."


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