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Formula One star Lewis Hamilton backs London Grand Prix at 2012 Olympic Park

20:53 23 June 2012

Could Lewis Hamilton, picture celebrating victory at the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix, be racing in London? Picture: David Davies/PA

Could Lewis Hamilton, picture celebrating victory at the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix, be racing in London? Picture: David Davies/PA

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Formula One has now entered the race to be part of the Olympic Games legacy with West Ham, Leyton Orient, Essex CCC among the other rival bidders

Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has thrown his backing behind a Grand Prix in London.

An ambitious plan to stage a race around the Olympic Stadium was revealed yesterday and the idea of a race around the capital’s streets has been met with excitement from the 2008 World Champion.

“It could possibly be one of the best grands prix of the whole year, so I’d definitely support it,” Hamilton said.

However, Force India’s Paul di Resta is concerned that the noise would put the plan on the scrapheap.

“You’d have a lot of complaints from people living around there about the noise wouldn’t you?” he said.

“Unfortunately I think that’s a strong possibility, but the venue would be state of the art and I’m sure you could combine it with some street stuff as well.

“London is one of the leading cities in the world, so why should we not enjoy something like that? We should be entitled to a European Grand Prix. Spain have one, Germany did so for years.

“If you take the ratio of teams based in the UK then I’m sure they would be happy to have it as well.”

Other bidders for the Olympic Stadium include West Ham, Leyton Orient, Essex County Cricket Club and others.

Hamilton is currently racing in Valencia, where he qualified on the front row behind reigning World Champion, Sebastian Vettel.

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