The teams are on their way to Britain for the next “grand” Grand Prix. The fact that Britain is the home to as many as half of the teams competing in this season’s Formula1 (namely McLaren, Red Bull, Force India, Brawn GP, Williams and Renault) had made the British weekend even more special ever since it started in 1948 and has been regular on the FIA’s Formula 1 calendar from 1987 onwards.
But The Queen’s Land’s capital city; yet remains deprived of a place in the world’s most technically advanced sport.
There have been rumours and talks about a need for a track in London for some time now. It remains a matter of fact that the sport’s commercial headquarters is based in the city. And when FIA released a video of a lap of the newly designed track of London on Thursday, all speculations were laid to rest.
At the first sight, the track looks stunning. I couldn’t wait for the YouTube to buffer the video (I’ve attached it below) and just downloaded it with my first click. It has to be said that Hermann Tilke has come up with yet another beauty of a thing. Yes it does remind you of the highly competitive Monaco track, but the landmarks that a car breezes past in a lap of this circuit are really posh. You pass the Big Ben, The Buckingham Palace, The Parliament House, and Trafalgar Square. That’s some list!
The circuit spreads along a 3.46 miles route with a good mix of tight corners and long straights. The track is expected to overshadow Monaco as the most famous tracks on the Formula 1 calendar with an expected world audience of around a billion.
If Bernie Ecclestone is to be believed- “It would be fantastic, good for London, good for England — a lot better than the Olympics.” If video is to be believed, the track joins Yas Marina as the other twilight race on the calendar.
So now, The Olympic city gets its shot at Formula 1. Cometh the next race weekend, and it is not just the excitement of the next winner that we are facing but also the excitement of how this new eagerly awaited
track looks in reality, as FIA has coincided with Silverstone Grand Prix, the unveiling of this much awaited London track, which is expected to have a top speed of 180mph and an average lap time of 1min 43 secs.
I leave you with the official video released by the FIA of the London track. Have a ‘royal’ day.
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