Liberty still keen on London street race despite new Silverstone deal

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Liberty's dream of a London Grand Prix remains very much alive despite signing a new five-year deal at Silverstone.

On Wednesday, months of speculation was finally brought to an end when the extension was announced, ensuring the British GP stays on the calendar until 2024.

But beyond that, it does seem as though a street race in the capital is the preferred option.

"We have interest from a lot of places and the discussions with London are ongoing," Formula 1 CEO Chase Carey said via GPFans.com.

"We look forward to continuing to have those discussions. It will be a different experience and we will see where they take us.

"But certainly in the short term, our focus is here on Silverstone to make sure we continue to build on the new contract."

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One option that has also been mentioned is the possibility of having two races in the UK, keeping Silverstone alongside a London race.

And the owners of the circuit, the BRDC isn't opposed to that idea on the right terms.

"We recognise Formula 1's desire to have destination city races and frankly if that brings a new audience to Formula 1, I think in general that is a good thing," chairman John Grant said. "We don't oppose that and we certainly support the intent.

"Of course, we are concerned about the commercial threat to us of having a competitor event on our doorstep so to speak, and just 85 miles or so away.

"So we have had very frank discussions with our friends at Formula 1 about that and they understand those concerns, and it's fair to say we have come up with some modus operandi - a set of agreements - that protect our interests to our satisfaction should that set of events ever become a reality."

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