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F1 eyeing Greater London race, acdmits Ross Brawn

Last year there was an F1 Live event in Trafalgar Square. Credit: PA

Formula One bosses are exploring the possibility of staging a grand prix in Greater London.

Ross Brawn, F1's head of motorsport, has ruled out a city-centre race, but believes there is scope for an event on the outskirts of the capital.

Brawn told the Evening Standard: "I think because F1 is a week-long activity minimum, the disruption it would cause in the centre of London would be unacceptable. I don't think Londoners really need to worry about us taking over the centre of London for a week.

"But there are things on the periphery that are being explored - not slap-bang in the centre of London but Greater London.

"London is an iconic city with a massive history in the sport and there's huge enthusiasm here."

Any new race would not necessarily affect the future of a grand prix at Silverstone, though.

Next year's round at the Northamptonshire circuit is due to be the last unless a new agreement is reached.

But Brawn added: "We'd like to see London complement Silverstone, not replace it. We could see ways we could make it work both sides."

Liberty Media, F1's American owners, is keen to add city races to the F1 calendar, with a round on the streets of Vietnam's capital city, Hanoi, penned in for 2020.

Briton Norris vows to shine in rookie F1 season

Norris came through the McLaren junior driver programme like Lewis Hamilton. Credit: PA

British teenager Lando Norris has vowed to prove his Formula One stripes by beating his McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz at every race in his rookie year.

The 19-year-old will become Britain's youngest grand prix driver when he lines up on the grid at the first round of the season in Melbourne on March 17.

Norris will partner Sainz, a driver with more than 80 grands prix under his belt, in a new-look line up for the struggling McLaren team in 2019.

But speaking in his first official commitment as an F1 driver, Norris said: "My ideal aim is to beat Carlos at every race, and in every qualifying session. That is an unrealistic goal to set at the moment, but I will do the best job I can, and complete as much preparation as I can to be ready for it."

Norris boasts an impressive junior resume, and is viewed as the best British prospect since five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton burst on to the scene for McLaren in 2007.

Hamilton made an emphatic mark on the sport by coming within one point of winning the title, and upstaging his team-mate, the reigning two-time champion Fernando Alonso, in his debut campaign.

But - following McLaren's demise in recent years - Norris will be aware that his credentials are set to be judged against team-mate Sainz, who arrives at McLaren after three years with Red Bull's junior team, Toro Rosso, and a season at Renault.

"Every year when I have gone into a new series, my team-mate will have had one, maybe two seasons in that discipline, whereas Carlos is heading into his fifth year in F1," added Norris. "So, that's a big difference.

"There are also some circuits I haven't been to before - Singapore, Montreal, Melbourne - and tracks like Monaco where it is not always easy to be super-quick in an F1 car straightaway. But, of course, I would like to beat him, and that is my aim, and my goal."


Kubica to return to Formula One eight years after rally crash

Robert Kubica will return to F1 next season. Credit: PA

Robert Kubica has completed his remarkable return to Formula One racing after being announced as a Williams driver for next season.

Kubica, who has not taken part in a grand prix for eight years following the horrific rally crash which left him seriously injured, joins Englishman George Russell at the British team in 2019.

The 33-year-old Polish driver has competed in a series of practice sessions for Williams this year and his promotion to their race team for next season was announced in Abu Dhabi, the venue of his last race back in 2010, on Thursday.

Kubica said: "Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me during what was a difficult period of my life over these last few years.

"It has been a challenging journey to make it back to the Formula One grid, but what seemed almost impossible is now beginning to feel possible, as I am excited to be able to say that I will be on the Formula One grid in 2019."

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