Maybe they’re so bold they’ll never see the light of day, or maybe they’re just not brash enough. Here are 10 slightly more large-scale projects for Formula One on these shores.
1 – The M25
Arguably the only thing that Britain’s most famous stretch of motorway needs is for some cars to be able to go at a decent pace along it.
Pros: Service stations as pit stops
Cons: Traffic jams probable
2 - Stonehenge
Racing against the backdrop of a classic British landmark – blending classic feats of construction with today’s cutting-edge engineering.
3 – The streets of Milton Keynes
Bernie Ecclestone is eager to stage a Grand Prix on the streets of New York – with its straight, intersecting roads, Milton Keynes could be the next best thing. Although the roundabouts might make overtaking difficult.
Pros: Near the factories of several major constructors
Cons: In Milton Keynes
4 – Mount Snowdon, Wales
Formula One could take a leaf out of the Tour de France’s book with some mountain trials as well as standard circuits.
Cons: Some fairly large drops
5 - Scotland, around Loch Ness
One of Britain’s most beautiful spots, in a country with a rich Formula One history.
Pros: Spreading Formula One across the UK
Cons: Risk of monsters
6 - In a video game
A cost-effective alternative to actually creating a new circuit – simply have the drivers play the latest Formula One game as themselves.
Pros: Save the planet
Con: Not much of a spectator event
7 - BBC Television Centre
Having just been sold, the building could do with a new lease of life.
Pros: Cameras already in place
Cons: Narrow corridors
8 - Lord's figure of eight
The home of cricket has seen helicopters land on site in recent years and will host the Olympics – why not have a figure of eight, Scalextric-style, around the Nursery Ground and Main Ground?
Pros: Equipped to host generous crowd
Cons: Important to keep off the grass
9 – Isle of Man TT circuit
A bastion of motorsports with a track already in place.
10 – Silverstone
Outlandish, admittedly, but Silverstone has an historic track, redesigned venue, a contract to host British Grands Prix for years to come and is only a couple of car parks short of being near-perfect.
Pros: It’s Silverstone, for crying out loud
Cons: The parking – but that might just be easier to fix than some of the other problems mentioned above