London mayor Sadiq Khan has thrown his weight behind suggestions that the capital could replace Silverstone as host of the British Grand Prix from 2020.
Proposals for a race in either central or east London have gathered fresh momentum after Silverstone’s owners relinquished their right to stage one of the key races in the Formula One calendar after 2019.
“If negotiations have broken down with Silverstone, I’m really happy to talk and listen to F1,” said Khan.
“I’ve met the new leadership of F1. They’re a breath of fresh air, they’re very exciting, they’ve got cracking ideas. If they want to have a conversation with me, I’m really happy to talk, listen, and work with them to make it happen.”
Khan spoke on the day that crowds watched F1 cars parade up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square in a live demonstration to tie in with this year’s British Grand Prix, which is on Sunday.
“There are so many fans of F1 in London,” he added. “There are some hurdles we’ll have to overcome, but there’s no reason at all why it can be beyond the wit of us to organise an F1 race in London in the future.”
A London race would be a costly undertaking with little prospect of government funding, while Khan has previously been lukewarm on the environmental impact of an F1 race.
But a law change earlier this year overturned a ban on motor sport races taking place on England’s roads.
Khan also reiterated his ambition for London to “maintain its place as a sporting capital of the world”, citing his support for Wembley’s staging of April’s mega-fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.