In the preview of the 2017 edition of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, in which the British Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won, the teams, drivers and engineers of the specialty participated in an exhibition held in London.
The movement in Trafalgar Square organized by Liberty Media, the new owner of the Máxima, was successful as thousands of spectators attended and served to fulfill the objective of bringing the category closer to the people.
In this way, an old dream was fulfilled that the British Bernie Ecclestone, former head of the F.1, could never realize. Although to tell the truth, Bernie's idea was to hold a Grand Prix in the streets of London to the detriment of the old Silverstone airport, the traditional scene of the British GP.
“A GP in the heart of London would be something magnificent, unique. A couple of years ago I got the support of the City of Westminster and the mayor's office, but the problem was one of costs, ”Ecclestone said in 2008. At that time, the executive estimated the budget to transform London into 45 million euros a track.
Such was Bernie's enthusiasm that he came to give the OK to a proposal presented in 2014 by the Santander bank and the McLaren team, which at that time had the backing of the Spanish bank, on how the London street should be.
The project was called "City Grand Prix Concept" and showed an urban layout that passed through the main sites of the capital of Great Britain. The pits and the start were in the area of The Mall and from there the circuit linked Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Admiral Arch. Its length was 5,1 kilometers and had 14 curves. The estimated maximum speed was 315 km / h.
The “City Grand Prix Concept” never materialized, like Ecclestone's dream ...[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1Y3vYK77XI[/embedyt]
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