Woking GP: New home of the British Grand Prix or elaborate hoax?

An absurd and overly ambitious plan by McLaren has been launched which will see the team attempt to bring a round of the Formula One driver’s championship to the streets of humble Woking.

The proposal would see drivers competing on a 4.85 km street circuit through parts of the Surrey town. The team believes that an event of this scale would raise Woking’s profile and allow it to join the ranks of Monaco and Singapore as an iconic destination for Grand Prix racing.

Although a Woking resident for almost 40 years, McLaren are yet to formally present any of its plans to Woking Borough Council saying that they are scared about how the council would feel about extensive and costly re-profiling of the surrounding roads.

Silverstone’s future as a round of the Formula One driver’s championship remains uncertain after the British Racing Drivers’ Club elected to activate the break clause on their contract to host the British Grand Prix. The final race scheduled at the much-loved circuit is in 2019.

A Grand Prix in Woking would future-proof the British Grand Prix by giving it a new home at a circuit that would be one of the fastest and most demanding street tracks in the world, with expected top speeds in excess of 313 km/h (195 mph).

The track would also feature a unique paddock located on floatable pontoons that will be anchored along the Woking-Basingstoke canal. The plans also include a fun-fair, a late-night shopping experience and a ‘street market’-style food concession village.

This sudden announcement of a Woking Grand Prix may have come as a surprise, but some fans have greeted the idea with excitement.

“Looks good! When can we get tickets?” asked one keen fan.

However, the sudden proposal has also baffled many others and got a lot of people questioning the concept.

“I’m confused,” read one particular post on Twitter.

Many other Twitter users couldn’t help but speculate about the whole idea, chalking it up to McLaren’s boredom during the Formula One mid-season break.

Are they right? Is McLaren simply bored from the mid-season break? Are they simply four months late for an April Fool’s joke? Or is there method in the madness?

Could Woking play host to the next British Grand Prix? Only time will tell…


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