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PM hails move which could bring F1 to streets of capital

A Formula One Grand Prix on the streets of London may have moved a step closer after the Government announced new powers for local authorities to stage motor races on public roads.

David Cameron walks past a Nissan GTR Nismo car during a visit to Williams F1. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

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David Cameron unveiled the move as he opened Williams' new F1 engineering facility in Oxfordshire, saying it would mean "more races, more events, more money coming into our country".

He said: "We're going to change the rules so that local councils are able to make the decision so you don't have to have a private member's Bill through Parliament, which we think will be great news for British motor sport."

The Prime Minister also hailed the F1 industry, saying it was "an amazing success story, eight of the 11 teams based here in the United Kingdom, 41,000 people working in the industry in the Oxford area alone, working for about 4,300 companies".

London Mayor Boris Johnson has signalled he is ready to support the idea of a Monaco-style Grand Prix on the streets of the capital.

Read: Councils given powers to stage motor races on public roads


Prince Harry tests his skills on a Formula One simulator

Prince Harry tried his hand at Formula One racing on his four day visit to Brazil, driving a racing simulator at the Ayrton Senna Institute in Sao Paulo.

Before leaving Brazil for Chile, Harry visited the institute founded by Ayrton Senna's family, just six months after the racing champion died in a crash at the San Marino Grand Prix 1994.

Prince Harry on a Formula 1 driving simulator during his visit. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

During his visit, Harry also met Viviane Senna da Silva Lalli - Senna's sister who founded the institute.

Prince Harry talks to Vivienne Senna, sister of the late racing driver Ayrton Senna. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire
Prince Harry's signature on a replica Ayrton Senna helmet at the institute. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

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Daniel Ricciardo claims first Grand Prix win

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has won the Canadian Grand Prix for Red Bull, his first win in Formula 1.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has won the Canadian Grand Prix for Red Bull
Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo has won the Canadian Grand Prix for Red Bull Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Britain's Jenson Button came fourth while Lewis Hamilton was out with brake failure.

Hamilton takes second place at Monaco Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton (L), Nico Rosberg (C) and Daniel Ricciardo at the post-qualifying press conference at Monaco. Credit: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Mercedes have claimed the top two places in the 2014 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finishing first and second respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the podium finishers, taking third place for the Red Bull team.


Brabham was first motorsport driver to be knighted

Sir Jack in a Brabham Cosworth at Silverstone in 1967. Credit: PA

Sir Jack won his first two crowns in the Cooper Climax, but with his third became the only driver in history to win a World Championship in a car he himself had manufactured - the Brabham BT19.

The first driver to be knighted for services to motorsport, Brabham was a skilled and innovative engineer as well as driver.

He was responsible, with compatriot Ron Tauranac, for more than 500 Brabham racing cars being built at the team's Surrey base in the 1960s.

The Brabham name continued in F1 for 30 years.

F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham dies aged 88

Formula One champion Jack Brabham, who won the title three times - including in a car he built himself, has died aged 88.

Sir Jack Brabham, pictured here in 1966, died after a long illness, his family said. Credit: Barnaby's

The Australian driver died at his home on Australia's Gold Coast after a long battle with liver disease, his son said.

Sir Jack won the championship in 1959, 1960 and 1966, and was knighted for his achievements in 1979.

Brabham pictured in his Cooper Climax in 1960. Credit: Empics

Ex-Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney killed in road accident

Nigel Stepney pictured in 2001. Credit: PA

A former Ferrari engineer who was sacked by the Formula One team after being accused of sabotage and leaking confidential data has been killed in a road accident, his family said tonight.

Ex-Ferrari technician Nigel Stepney was killed on the M20 near Ashford in Kent when he was struck by a lorry this morning. He was praised tonight by his family as "a wonderful partner and a hands-on dad".

The 56-year-old father found himself at the centre of a Formula One "spygate" scandal after being accused of sabotage and leaking confidential data to McLaren in 2007, and was sacked by the F1 team.

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