Button backs London Grand Prix
Jenson Button believes a London Grand Prix is "a step closer to reality" after an overhaul of road safety and speed limit laws made it seem like more of a possibility.
A government consultation, running until April 10, on closed-road motorsport events on mainland at Britain may open the door for an F1 race to take place in the city, something first put forward 20 months ago. The 14-corner, 5.1km circuit would include iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square, and Button insists he can see it being a popular venue should it come to fruition.
"When I first saw the plans for a London Grand Prix I knew they were ambitious, but fantastic," Button told Sky Sports News. "The thought of a race through the capital's streets was only a dream when they initiated the project, but this week's changes to the law bring the idea a step closer to reality. When you really picture what it would look like it's truly mind-blowing.
"You could create such a unique grand prix through the streets of London - the roads are naturally very wide and long, so straight line speeds would be high, and you could create a real blend of corners. When you combine all of that with the world-famous monuments that would feature in the backdrop you can see why it would be an awesome addition to the calendar. The dream has taken a step closer this week, and I'd love to see this amazing concept finally happen."
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has championed a grand prix around the streets of the city for years and they believe it is a step in the right direction.
"This is the news British motor sport has been waiting for," said MSA acting chief Rob Jones. "It represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the landscape of our sport, allowing local communities across the country to host motor sport events and enjoy all the excitement and economic benefit they bring."