Monaco, Singapore, Woking...? McLaren unveil new home town Grand Prix circuit
"Why not bring Formula 1 to the streets of Woking?" says CEO Jonathan Neale
With the Formula 1 summer break now into its third week, silly season is well underway and McLaren are doing their best to keep us entertained.
The British team have today unveiled what they call "an absurdly ambitious plan to bring a round of the Formula 1 World Championship to the streets of its hometown, Woking".
According to the team, a Woking Grand Prix would enable the Surrey town "to join the ranks of Monaco and Singapore as one of Formula 1’s most glamorous and iconic race locations."
McLaren CEO Jonathan Neale said: “Why not? Why not bring Formula 1 to the streets of Woking?
"Obviously, aside from the huge social and financial commitment needed to set up the infrastructure, re-profile roads, re-lay Tarmac, fit miles of Armco, build grandstands, pay for race-hosting fees and gain approval and sign-off from the FIA, we don’t see any barriers to our vision.
“In an era that’s often seen as being hemmed in by bureaucracy and narrow-mindedness, that’s actually very refreshing.”
The team says the Woking International Circuit would be "one of the fastest and most demanding street tracks in the world, with a projected top speed of 195mph for the front-running cars along the longest straight on the circuit."
This is the proposed layout:
Team boss Zak Brown added: “It was Mika [Hakkinen] who first raced a Formula 1 McLaren around the streets of Woking, way back in 1998.
"When I say ‘raced’, he wasn’t actually racing it, he was driving it. Slowly. Which was probably an even tougher test for Mika, because he never drove anything slowly.
“Still, that event lit a spark that started a fire that turned into a dream that we converted into an idea: to host a round of the Formula 1 world championship on our doorstep, in Woking.”
So forget a London Grand Prix, folks. The future is Woking...