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F1 drivers keen on London street race

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 01:19

London street race idea welcomed by F1 drivers

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 12, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SEBASTIAN VETTEL, FERRARI, SAYING: "Why not. I don't know if it's possible to shut down a city for an entire weekend, like London. We do it in other places so it's not impossible. But yes for sure it would be great to be closer to the people even, but certainly we'd miss some of the corners we have in Silverstone which are unique and very enjoyable as a driver. But maybe we can have a change every year, who knows." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FELIPE MASSA, WILLIAMS, SAYING: "Why not, I mean we race in Singapore, we race in Monaco, why not a race here in London? It would be fantastic..You see that people is very interesting so defiitely Silvertone is a fantasic place, I really hope Silverstone stays but if not, why not?" 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JENSON BUTTON, RACING DRIVER, SAYING: "I think we all love racing in the streets, especially in a city like London. You know, it's a very different type of driving, I think it definitely adds to the excitement of us racing around streets that London buses are driving on, London taxis, and you can drive on them in your road car. It could be a lot of fun, especially for the fans." STORY: With the U.K.'s Silverstone racetrack exercising a break clause in its contract to host the British Grand Prix, a Formula One event that saw cars race through the capital's streets revived the prospect of a long-touted London race becoming a reality on Wednesday (July 12). "Why not? four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel told Reuters, of the idea of a London street race. "We do it in other places so it's not impossible." Britain's Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula One world champion echoed the sentiment, as did Williams driver Felipe Massa London Mayor Sadiq Kahn told Reuters that while there would be hurdles to overcome, he would be "happy to listen" to Formula One bosses if they proposed bringing a race to the city. The drivers were speaking at the F1 Live event in London, which saw classic and modern Formula One cars roar down Whitehall in front of cheering fans, with music performances from Little Mix and the Kaiser Chiefs.

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F1 drivers keen on London street race

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 01:19