It's not every day you see a Formula One car doing donuts on a public street.
Remember the scene in the shambolic 1996 racing movie Driven starring Sylvester Stallone in which a pair of single seaters battled it out on city streets? It’s happened in real life. Ahead of last weekend’s British Grand Prix in Silverstone, London's roads were turned into a racing circuit, as a fleet of Formula One cars were unleashed onto the city streets as part of the F1 Live event hosted in Trafalgar Square and Whitehall attracting crowds of over 10,000 fans.
Among the drivers at the event were F1 favorites Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso, who engraved the British capital’s streets with tire marks. Vettel even performed some crowd-pleasing donuts not far from Buckingham Palace - it’s not every day you see a Formula One car do donuts on a public road.
The event marked the first time all 10 teams had gathered outside of a race weekend. Of the 20 current drivers in the current season, Lewis Hamilton was the only driver who wasn’t at the event as he decided to go on holiday before the British Grand Prix. And if you’re not a fan of the muted turbo V6s powering today’s F1 cars, some ear-splitting vintage machines with screaming, naturally-aspirated V8s were also on display to remind fans of Formula One’s heyday. With the future of the iconic Silverstone racing circuit now in doubt on the F1 racing calendar, let's hope Formula One's new owners can make the long-proposed London street racing circuit a reality.