F1 CEO Domenicali: ‘Unrealistic’ to Host the London Grand Prix

Published 12/21/2021, 2:43 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The 2022 Formula One season will have a record number of races. The Formula One community is excited about what next year has in store for them; one aspect that the F1 community loves is a street circuit. But, the CEO of F1 Stefano Domenicali is skeptical of hosting a race in London, as it is not possible in the short term.

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A street circuit does provide for some intense racing, but moreover, it creates a buzz around the city. However, the city of London would have to wait a bit longer, as Domenicali doesn’t see it happening in the short term.

F1 boss doesn’t see a Grand Prix being held in London in the short time

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A street track not only allows for some fierce racing but also creates a buzz across the city. However, the city of London will have to wait a little longer, since Domenicali does not believe it will happen soon.

Speaking to Standard Sport as quoted by Motorsport.com, Domenicali said, “You should always say never in life, but here we are not trying to sell things that are unrealistic.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

“We have the UK- backed Silverstone and this is a unique place. It would be quite difficult to come to a city like London and managing the community would not be easy at all. When you think about something this prestigious, you have to be in the heart of the city. Otherwise, you will devalue it. I don’t think it’s realistic to think that this could happen in the short term.”

“I see more possibilities in the future, for example, a fan show in the city, but I don’t think holding a race in an incredible city like London is very likely, at least in the short term,” he explained. (Translated from Turkish via Google)

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the start of the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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