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From F1 Racing: A capital idea – bringing F1 to London

F1 Live London brought Formula 1 to the streets of Britain’s capital city for a party no one wanted to miss – with one notable exception…

Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1
1991 McLaren MP4/6
Presenter Jake Humphrey on stage with Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal, Christian Horner, Team Principal, Red Bull Racing, and Toto Wolff, Executive Director, Mercedes AMG
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing

Words: Stuart Codling

For 13 years London has been deaf to the sound of Formula 1, save for occasional (and fanciful) rumblings about hosting a Grand Prix on its streets. But on the eve of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the nation’s capital paused to enjoy the sight, sound and smell of F1 cars for the first time since Nigel Mansell led an eight-car demo run up Regent Street in July 2004.

F1 Live London ran on a much larger scale, and was an encouraging sign of intent from the sport’s new owners. Sets by musical acts Bastille, Little Mix and the Kaiser Chiefs within a larger F1 expo in Trafalgar Square added a festival vibe to the on-street action that was of such scope it was all planned in total secrecy and announced only 48 hours beforehand.

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Series Formula 1
Event British GP
Sub-event F1 Live London
Location Silverstone Circuit