Formula 1 in talks with London council to hold street demo

Formula 1's new owners are in talks to host a demo on the streets of London ahead of the British Grand Prix this July.

Liberty Media have contacted London Westminster City Council to discuss the plans, although nothing has been agreed at present, with a spokesperson confirming it was at an early stage and that it had nothing to do with a grand prix in the city.

"Officers from the Greater London Authority and Westminster City Council have met with event organisers about a potential showcase event in central London, not a race. Discussions are at a very early stage and as such nothing has been agreed," the spokesperson confirmed.

If agreed, it's likely the one-day event would attract all the teams and top drivers such as Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, with a possible circuit running past the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.

It comes as a new law was passed last month in England allowing for road closures to host motorsport events with approval granted by local authorities, rather than parliament – making an application much quicker and easier.

The event would be similar to an event held in 2004, which saw 500,000 people line the streets of the capital to watch the likes of Jenson Button, David Coulthard and Nigel Mansell participate in a demonstration run on a course between Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus.