Mayor keen on London Grand Prix

Mayor keen on London Grand Prix

The Mayor of London has given his conditional support to proposals from Bernie Ecclestone to host a Grand Prix race in central London.

The Formula One boss has reportedly long been interested in bringing the sport to the UK's capital and is now set to unveil plans for a 3.2-mile route that would involve cars starting at the Mall and passing Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

Boris Johnson did raise reservations about noise and air pollution but certainly appeared to amenable to the prospect of holding such an event in London as he discussed the matter at the launch of a new cable car system across the River Thames.

"I am always interested in projects that attract jobs and bring growth," he said.

"The question of air quality and noise impact will have to be looked at. I am broadly positive, providing we can satisfy the air quality and noise issues."

If rumours are to be believed, then a London Grand Prix could cost around £35 million to stage with cars reaching a top speed of around 180mph. The Mayor insisted he would see if there was "a really good economic case" for it to go ahead.

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