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Formula 1 owners in talks over potential London demonstration

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Westminster Bridge could well be playing host to a very different type of car to the black London taxi cabs and the red buses that it is so used to, with news breaking the owners of Formula 1 are in discussions with the local council over the prospect of staging a demonstration run ahead of the British Grand Prix.

It is proposed that the event, which could see the likes of Lewis Hamilton tearing around the streets of London under the watchful gaze of Big Ben and Lord Nelson, will take place four days before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 12.

Such a trial has not taken place in London for over a decade, and many will hope that it may represent a step closer towards a Grand Prix being hosted on the streets of Britain's capital.

The chances of such an event taking place were boosted last month, after a law was passed allowing motorsports to take place on public roads in England for the first time.

A spokesperson for the Westminster council said: "Officers from the Greater London Authority and Westminster City Council have met with event organisers about a potential showcase event in central London, not a race. Discussions are at a very early stage and as such nothing has been agreed."

New Formula 1 chairman, Chase Carey is looking at a model where Grand Prix's will become week long events, similar to the Super Bowl, and the proposed London demo fits right in with that plan.

Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo already took part in a similar event in Budapest on Monday ahead of the race there later in the year.

New owner, Liberty Media, who spent a monumental £6.4 billion to acquire Formula 1, are in talks all over the world as they seek ways to stage Grand Prix's in major cities around the globe.

Carey, who now lives in London following Liberty Media's takeover said in January: "London is a great city, and there is no question [you think of it] when you think where are the cities you want to be in.

"We are talking to a lot of people. Realistically I have got a page-long list of places that would like to have races."

Such events have proven themselves to be very popular in the past, after 500,000 lined the famous streets of London to watch David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell take part in a demonstration run on a course between Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus which involved eight teams.

Former owner Bernie Ecclestone, threw his weight behind many a project in London but failed to see his dreams come to fruition during his time at the helm.

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