Santander, sponsors of the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, have released a spectacular concept film, featuring McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, exploring how an F1 race in London might look.
The CGI film, with an imagined 5.156-kilometre circuit taking in some of the UK capital’s most famous landmarks, was produced following a detailed feasibility study for such a race by expert project architects Populous, who consulted Button and Hamilton extensively on the track’s design.
It features a starting grid on The Mall, a near-200mph Santander straight in the run up to Buckingham Palace, and perhaps one of the most audacious corners seen on an F1 track, as 24 cars steer their way from Trafalgar Square into Admiralty Arch.
Conceived as a night race, the lifelike quality of the CGI includes a driver’s perspective from the cockpit of the McLaren MP4-27 car as it races through the streets of London, making for compelling viewing.
This is one for the lads in the office.