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Key Takeaways from Tottenham Hotspur's Partnership with Formula 1:
UK-based Tottenham Hotspur soccer club has announced a 15-year partnership with Formula 1 that includes building the longest indoor go-kart track underneath its soccer stadium.
It will be the first in-stadium electric karting facility and is set to open in the fall of 2023. The plan includes a driver academy program to widen the motorsport talent pool and help "identify the next generation of F1 drivers."
The extensive facility is being built underneath the famous South Stand at the home supporters' end of the stadium in North London.
The facility includes separate tracks for adults and juniors and has already been accredited by the National Karting Association.
That potentially makes the track a venue for national karting championship races in the future. It will be the focal point for Formula 1's relationship with Tottenham Hotspur. It will include educational activities for schools to introduce local kids to motorsport and the career opportunities and pathways available in careers like engineering and software development.
As is the way with these things in the 21st century, the partnership will also focus on promoting environmental responsibility. Formula 1 is committed to becoming net zero carbon by 2030, and Tottenham is committed to halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and becoming net zero by 2040.
"As we continue to grow our sport around the world, partnering with world-renowned brands like Tottenham Hotspur allows us to take Formula 1 and motorsport to new and diverse audiences," Stefano Domenicali, President, and CEO of Formula 1 said. "The karting experience will be a destination and place that families, friends, and aspiring drivers from all over the world will want to visit and enjoy, engaging new audiences and offering an accessible entry point to the world of motorsport. Our brands have a shared vision to create life-changing career opportunities, promote diversity and inclusion, such as through the recently announced F1 Academy, and driving environmental sustainability - our innovative partnership will bring all of this to life."
Formula 1 isn't the only automotive link to the club. The "Official 4x4 Vehicle Partner" of the club is the Ineos Grenadier - a vehicle heavily inspired by the classic Land Rover Defender.
Hopefully, soccer players will use the facility instead of driving fast on the roads, which will help reduce their crashes.
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