F1 has announced a new 15-year strategic partnership with Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur, which will see the world’s first in-stadium indoor electric karting track to be built under their ground.
The facility, which will be the only one of its kind in Europe, will open later in the year, and the track will be accredited to National Karting Association standards – which will make it eligible to host national karting races in the UK.
Alongside the circuits, with adult and child layouts set to be constructed underneath the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s South Stand, the club and F1 are collaborating on a strategic goal to implement a new driver academy programme which will look to identify local driving talent in London, and potential F1 stars of the future.
F1 and Tottenham Hotspur will also run educational activities in local schools to showcase career opportunities in motorsport, such as in software development and engineering, as well as the creation of apprenticeships for young people in the local area to open up opportunities to get into the world of motorsport.
Formula 1 CEO, Stefano Domenicali said of the new partnership: “As we continue to grow our sport, partnering with world renowned brands like Tottenham Hotspur allows us to take Formula 1 and motorsport to new and more diverse audiences.
“The karting experience will be a destination and place that families, friends, and aspiring drivers from all over the world will want to visit and enjoy, engaging new audiences and offering an accessible entry point to the world of motorsport.
“Our two brands have a shared vision to create life-changing career opportunities, promote diversity and inclusion, such as through the recently announced F1 Academy, and driving environmental sustainability – our innovative partnership will bring all of this to life.”
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Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy added: “Since building this stadium our ambition has always been to see how far we can push the boundaries in delivering world-class experiences that will attract people from around the world all year round.
“We have been able to bring the biggest names in sport and entertainment to London N17. We are extremely excited about what this long-term partnership with F1 will bring for our global, national, and local communities.”
David Richards CBE, Chairman of Motorsport UK said: “I congratulate Tottenham Hotspur and Formula 1 on this innovative partnership.
“This new karting facility aligns perfectly with Motorsport UK’s mission to inspire and enable more people to participate in our sport in a safe, fair, fun, inclusive and progressive environment.
“I look forward to seeing even more people enjoy karting but particularly to see a greater level of diversity amongst the visitors.”