Liberty still targeting London for a Formula 1 grand prix - Horner

Formula 1 owner Liberty Media is still serious about holding a grand prix in London, reckons Red Bull boss Christian Horner, amid ongoing uncertainty over the British GP's future

Liberty still targeting London for a Formula 1 grand prix - Horner

Silverstone activated a break clause in its contract last year that means the 2019 event is the last one under the current deal, but there has still been no word of a potential deal extension.

Amid the possibility that next year's British GP could be the last one at Silverstone, Horner has suggested that London remains a serious option for Liberty.

Speaking at a media event at the Red Bull factory ahead of the British GP, Horner said he hopes Silverstone can sort out a fresh contract but that the best scenario would be a second UK race in London.

"I think Silverstone is the home of British motorsport," said Horner. "It's a great track - access to the circuit now is extremely good and the amount of British fans that are coming to see a British Grand Prix, I think we've got again another sell-out crowd.

"This weekend it appears that the BRDC [which owns Silverstone] and Liberty are closer together and talking more positively about engagement with the fans, and what they can do to put on a better activation with Formula 1.

"I think that there's a desire within Liberty to see a street race in London and in an ideal world we'd be fortunate enough to have both - to retain the British Grand Prix and Silverstone and to have a street race in London.

"But obviously competition on the calendar is extreme. It's difficult to see two British Grands Prix."

When asked if a London GP was realistic, Horner said: "With Liberty I think it is. As seen from their discussion with Miami, they are potentially looking at different types of models for key markets and I think why not have a race in London one year, a race in Paris another year?

"You could come up with some great venues. Taking Formula 1 to the people as well has proved to be extremely popular - some of the best races that we have on the calendar are street races."

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