Formula 1 Powerboat racing will return to the English capital for the first time in over 30 years, as London’s Royal Docks host London Grand Prix as part of the 2018 World Championship season.
The world’s leading F1 Powerboat drivers will race around the iconic Royal Victoria Dock site on June 16-17 next year. The event will give spectators the chance to see the lightweight and powerful catamarans race at speeds of up to 140mph.
The race will also showcase the latest powerboat technology and engineering, as part of London Tech Week 2018, Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation.
The London Grand Prix will also feature as part of the landmark 38th F1H20 World Championship season that will see eight races held in cities across the world including Abu Dhabi, Miami and Harbin, China.
Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London & Partners said: “London is the sporting and cultural capital of the world. Over the last few months our great city has once again shown our enthusiasm for sport and openness, welcoming some of the greatest sports stars and fans from all over the world.”
“I am delighted that the Formula 1 Powerboat championships will be returning to London and offers further proof that London is able to attract the best international sporting events.”
Mr. Li Haojie, Chairman of Tianrong Sports, the Chinese sports promotional company behind the U.I.M. F1H2O World Championship added: “London has a great sporting tradition and was a natural choice to showcase Formula 1 Powerboat racing. We are excited to bring the sport back to London at the iconic Royal Victoria Docks, and hope the event will bring new impetus for the revitalisation of East London and promote it development. We look forward to the opportunity to expand our global fan base in London and give spectators the chance to experience one of the most electrifying live sporting events in the world.”
The last race to be staged in London was in 1984. The race will be broadcast live around the world and will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK.
For more information about the flagship series of single-seater inshore circuit Formula 1 Powerboat Racing visit the UIM F1H20 website.