Woking in Surrey could join Monaco and Singapore as one of F1’s “most glamorous and iconic race locations”, McLaren has said.
An “absurdly ambitious plan” for a Grand Prix circuit on the streets of McLaren’s hometown has been unveiled by the Formula 1 team.
McLaren said it was a bit nervous about the local authority’s reaction to its plan, given there would need to be extensive and costly re-profiling of many roads and local landmarks.
Jonathan Neale, McLaren’s Chief Operating Officer, 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.”
The circuit would take “full advantage of the market town’s winding streets and fast multi-carriageways”, with the paddock on floatable pontoons anchored along the Woking-Basingstoke canal.
In 1998, F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen drove his McLaren car on a lap of honour around the town after winning the title in Japan.