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Ecclestone believes London F1 grand prix would be popular

posted 4 Aug 2012, 15:09 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 4 Aug 2012, 15:10 ]

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says crowds would flock to watch motor racing in London.
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone said in the Olympic Park on Saturday (August 4) that crowds would flock to watch motor racing in London.
The possibility of motor racing taking place at the Olympic stadium is one of four bids being considered by the London Legacy Development Corporation. The motor racing bid involves a little-known company, Intelligent Transport Services, acting in association with Formula One, although Ecclestone has denied any direct involvement.

Asked about it on Saturday he said: "Let's see. Yeah, let's see. Let's hope it is not a rumour."

The bid appears to be a long shot, but the 81-year-old British billionaire has spoken in the past about his interest in hosting a race in London.

"Yeah we looked before about something more in central London. So we will see what happens. Let's get this out of the way and then we will have a look at it," he said.

The F1 boss, who was in the Olympic Park on Saturday watching various sports, seemed also to be taking the chance to assess whether motor racing could work at the site.

"Yeah it is surprising how many people have come out, it is good. I am sure we could all (have) big crowds," he commented.

Premier League soccer club West Ham United remain the favourites to become tenants of the Olympic stadium after the games. The other bidders are Leyton Orient Football Club and the UCFB College of Football Business. It is unclear when a decision will be made.

Ecclestone has long backed a street race in the capital, although money, political and environmental concerns have all proved insuperable obstacles in the past.

The 2014 Winter Games in the Russian resort of Sochi has a grand prix as part of its legacy planning.