Ecclestone backs London F1 Grand Prix

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has offered to stump up £35 million (R460 million) to stage a Formula One Grand Prix around London's famous streets

The Times reported on Thursday that the 5.1km route will be revealed when the full plan was presented later on Thursday, but it would take in landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square.

July 2004 picture shows a Jaguar F1 car on a demo run through Piccadilly Circus in central London. If Bernie Ecclestone gets his way the next time it will be for real. Credit: AFP


Organisers estimate 120 000 spectators would flock to the showpiece event - making it the biggest race on the tour - and hope the money they would spend would more than cover Formula One's investment.

“Think what it would do for tourism,” Ecclestone told the paper. “It would be fantastic, good for London, good for England - a lot better than the Olympics.”