Formula 1’s managing director of commercial operations Sean Bratches admitted that a Formula One race on the streets of London would be an “ideal circumstance”, despite remaining hopeful for an extended deal to keep the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
As things stand, Silverstone — one of the greatest Formula 1 spectacles of both past and present — looks to be off the F1 calendar after the race in 2019, following an activated break clause in its contract, given the rising costs.
Whilst Silverstone, the BRDC and Formula 1 are in talks to find a way to keep the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, Sean Bratches was quick to point out that the ‘dream’ Formula 1 race on the streets of London, England would be an “ideal circumstance”, and parallel talks are being held with the mayor’s office, along with many other key cities around the globe.
“We are very hopeful,” Bratches told Sky Sports News.
“There has not been a lot of change in terms of the last time we spoke.
“We are having discussions and conversations around the business terms and both genuinely trying to get a deal done.
Speaking of the value of Silverstone, and how keen Formula 1 is to keep the British Grand Prix at the historic Northamptonshire town, Bratches said: “Silverstone – it speaks for itself – it’s an extraordinary brand. It’s the home of the first Grand Prix.
“Certainly if there was an opportunity in London for us to race in the great streets here this would be an ideal circumstance – both for London and for Formula 1 fans around the world.”