Formula 1 to add London Grand Prix to the calendar?

Previous attempts to get a Grand Prix in London have all failed due to the difficulties of closing streets in the British capital.

Not for the first time in the last few years, a potential Grand Prix is being considered for the capital of the United Kingdom, London.

According to a report by, a London Grand Prix could feature on the calendar alongside the current British Grand Prix from as early as 2026, with a 3.6-mile circuit in East London.

A circuit has been included in the plans by the consultants currently overlooking the £250 million redevelopment of East London’s Royal Docks, which is where Formula E’s London E-Prix is currently held.

Formula E’s incredibly popular event is held inside and around the ExCeL Centre, which overlooks the Docks.

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The proposed circuit would be similar to Montreal in Canada, with it being based on the waterfront.

If built, the circuit is expected to see drivers race at an average speed of 127mph, with Liberty Media reportedly interested in adding the event to the calendar.

“We know that Formula 1 are interested in hosting a grand prix here and we have designed a track that meets all of their requirements and regulations,” said Max Farrell, CEO of the LDN Collective project design consultancy.

“By extending the promenade we are creating a flexible eventscape and by creating floating commercial uses we are making the proposal financially viable and deliverable, without the taxpayer footing the bill.”

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Given that the circuit would include the use of public roads, an issue would be closing them both before, during and after the event, something which has seen previous plans for a London GP scrapped.

The redevelopment itself is currently unfunded; however, conversations with potential investors are ongoing.

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“It’s apparent for anyone visiting the Royal Docks that the water is underutilised, but has huge un-tapped potential, said Dan Horner, Director of Urban Design at Dar.

“We have approached this large, contained and clean body of water as a platform which can be reconfigured using floating modules, creating a new family orientated leisure and events destination.

“Although floating buildings, structures and spaces are a relatively new concept within the UK, there is a growing number of precedents, notably in Europe, which have been highly successful and cost effective.

“We believe this is an exciting and viable solution for activating the Dock, making it a world class destination.”