Grapevine: No F1 Run on Regent Street

The Crown Estate, owner of most of Regent Street, has confirmed that no Formula One parade of the type held in 2004 is planned for this year

Grapevine: No F1 Run on Regent Street

"Certainly not as far as I know," said a spokesman for the Estate, "and, as last year's event was held on our land even if not directly organised by us, I am sure we would be aware of any plans.

"That said, I am not sure whether Formula One has plans for a parade elsewhere before this year's British Grand Prix , but it would be fair to say that if they do, they won't revolve around Regent Street."

The 2004 event, held in the run up to Britain's race, enjoyed a mixed reception after attracting 350,000 spectators to the parade, which saw Juan Pablo Montoya, David Coulthard and their contemporaries, plus 1992 World Champion Nigel Mansell, drive modern Formula One cars on a temporary circuit in central London.

Fans complained that overcrowding resulted in little or no viewing, with others criticising the necessarily low speeds travelled by the cars.

Police received reports of violence, whilst businesses complained of noise and disruption as a result of the event, at the time mooted as a possible threat to Silverstone's future hosting of the Grand Prix.

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