The streets of London echoed to the sounds of F1 this weekend as the capital’s roads were closed for an amazing street demonstration.
After years of speculation about a potential F1 street race, the financial heart of London was closed down prior to the British Grand Prix to host a demonstration event to showcase the spectacle of F1 in the British capital.
Lotus F1 Team Test and Development Driver Marco Sørensen drove his car, which is capable of speeds of over 190mph, through the roads of the Canary Wharf development to mark the start of the build-up to this year’s Race Week Festival in London, during the British Grand Prix. Race Week is a celebration of F1 cars and all things fast, in central London on Thursday 3rd July at the Honourable Artillery Company, giving F1 fans to get up close with live F1 cars.
The event has been organised by Race Week in partnership with EMC.
Jonny Dodge, organiser of Race Week, said: “Today we created a Monaco-style street circuit in London to prove it could be done, we hope that we can bring the Grand Prix to London in future years.”
Lotus F1 Team Test and Development Driver Marco Sørensen said: “This has been such an amazing opportunity to drive around the streets of Canary Wharf. Of course, it would be incredible if there was a Grand Prix in London. It’s always special to drive a Formula 1 car and I appreciate the opportunity to do this at such an exclusive location, so thank you to Race Week and EMC.”
Murray Irvine, CFO UK&I for Lotus F1 Team sponsor EMC said: “London is surrounded by innovation, with many of the F1 teams located nearby it would be great to give something back to the capital and host a race here. It would be a huge boost for the city in terms of tourism and jobs and would give a real feel good factor to the city, just like the 2012 Olympics did.”
He added: “A London street circuit would give fans a real opportunity to see, hear and smell the cars up close. It would be fantastic to host a race like Monaco. England is the home of motor sport and a street circuit in London would be an amazing and challenging race for the drivers. This would be something that F1 fans would relish.”
The Canary Wharf Group granted permission for Lotus F1 Team to drive their car around the streets for the whole morning and several thousand fans turned up to see the spectacle.
A spokesman for Canary Wharf Group said: “This is what a potential London Grand Prix may look like”
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Editors Notes on Race Week 3rd July
“Race Week” is a festival of F1 cars and all things fast which will take place at Royal Artillery Gardens on City Road in Central London on 3rd July 2014.
Race Week is an exciting new addition to the motorsport calendar, taking place at the Royal Artillery Gardens – a six acre open site in central London – on Thursday 3rd July 2014, during the day and evening. Race Week takes place during the British Grand Prix at the start of July 2014.
This unique celebration of all things F1 will include:
F1 cars performing high adrenaline stunts for the attending crowds including donuts and burn outs.
Historic F1 cars including some of the world’s rarest racing cars.
The driver’s cricket match echoing the one played in the 1970s with James Hunt and Niki Lauda. This will include Tom Hunt and the sons of other famous racing drivers.
Grand Prix Ball, the annual black tie spectacular attended by the stars of F1 – all in support of The Prince’s Trust.
Black Ball Race Forum – an F1 business forum (in partnership with Sports Pro).
The Race Week festival is on Thursday 3rd July 2014 and tickets are £40, purchased at: http://www.raceweeklondon.com
For tickets to the Grand Prix Ball on Thursday 3rd July visit: http://www.gpball.co.uk
Follow Race Week London 2014 on twitter at @raceweeklondon
Jonny Dodge, CEO of Race Week comments:
“We’re really looking forward to the Race Week festival in London. The UK is often called the spiritual home of F1 and so it’s about time an event took place where race fans and committed petrol heads can come together and enjoy some of the glamour, excitement and sophistication of F1. And, of course, we are delighted to be supporting the Prince’s Trust as part of the Grand Prix Ball.”