Formula 1 Powerboat racing (F1H20) will return to London for the first time in over 30 years. Event organiser U.I.M has confirmed that a London Grand Prix is part of the 2018 World Championship season. The race will take place in alongside the London Tech Week 2018.
The 2018 race will see around 24 drivers of the world’s leading F1 Powerboat drivers race around the Royal Victoria Docks site in June next year.
Li Haojie, chairman of Tianrong Sports, the Chinese sports promotional company behind the U.I.M. F1H2O World Championship, commented: “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 its development.”
The last race to be staged in London was in 1984. Next year’s championship will be broadcast live around the world and will be shown on Sky Sports in the UK.
London Tech Week 2018
Showcasing the latest powerboat technology and engineering, the race will be part of London Tech Week 2018. Europe’s largest festival of technology and innovation is scheduled to run from 11 June.
The two-day race weekend (16-17 June) will give spectators the chance to see the lightweight and powerful catamarans race at speeds of up to 140mph.
Andrew Cooke, Acting CEO of London & Partners said: “London is the sporting and cultural capital of 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.”
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.
The Formula 1 Powerboat racing championships is just one of a range of international sporting events to be held in London. Upcoming sports events include four NFL games this autumn, the IAAF World Championships and the World Para Athletics Championships and the world’s biggest festival of cycling, RideLondon.