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Button would 'love' a London GP

Thursday 27-February-2014 13:57

Jenson Button says he's still behind a grand prix on the streets of London despite the hype around it haven quietened in recent months.

A year there was major talk of London hosting a grand prix with British GP sponsor Santander putting together a CGI event displaying the course.

The 14-corner race would run past great British landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square.

However, since then talk of a London GP has gone quiet although the potential for it was opened up on Thursday when the government announced they would hold a consultation on closed-road motor sport events on mainland Britain.

And although it will most likely focus on rallies and hill climbs, Button says he would love to see F1 come to the streets of London.

"When I first saw the plans for a London Grand Prix I knew they were ambitious, but fantastic," the McLaren driver said.

"The thought of a race through the capital's streets was only a dream when they initiated the project, but this week's changes to the law bring the idea a step closer to reality.

"When you really picture what it would look like it's truly mind blowing.

"You could create such a unique grand prix through the streets of London - the roads are naturally very wide and long, so straightline speeds would be high, and you could create a real blend of corners.

"When you combine all of that with the world-famous monuments that would feature in the backdrop you can see why it would be an awesome addition to the calendar.

"The dream has taken a step closer this week, and I'd love to see this amazing concept finally happen."

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