Formula 1 cars are set to return to the streets of London on Wednesday evening to celebrate the lead-up to this weekend’s British Grand Prix.

Dubbed F1 Live London, the top-secret event has been shrouded in secrecy for months and has finally been announced. The landmark celebration aims to raise the sport’s profile and allow fans to get up close and personal with the teams and stars of Formula 1.

Kicking off with a live stage show at 12:00pm at Trafalgar Square, the event will mark the first time that all ten teams have come together outside of a race weekend to put on a show for the public.

F1 Schools and Innovation Showcase (12pm – 4pm) – Trafalgar Square

An F1 Schools and Innovation Showcase will be targeted at children, parents and teachers to provide a broad outline of the exciting opportunities and careers open to children of all ages interested in being the next generation of leaders who want to work in motorsport.

For children aged 11 to 18 there is F1 in Schools Ltd, a not-for-profit company established in the UK in 2000. Its remit is to give an opportunity for students to learn all about STEM-related subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with the aim of helping them into a career in engineering and motorsport specifically.

For those looking at higher education, they can turn to Formula Student, Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition. Its aim is to develop young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering. There will also be fun activities for younger children, including racing simulators, pit stop challenges and remote-control racetracks.

Emphasising the importance of all children feeling empowered to follow a career in motorsport, Dare To Be Different (D2BD), a UK-based group started by ex-driver Susie Wolff in 2016, will also give talks to female schoolchildren. D2BD will offer time with some of motorsports’ leading women such as Williams’ deputy team principal Claire Williams, with the goal of inspiring, connecting and celebrating women in the sport.

F1 Live London Show and Parade (5.30pm – 9pm) – Trafalgar Square and Whitehall

From 5.30pm to 9:00pm, Trafalgar Square will host the biggest live show in its history, including appearances from Formula 1 stars and legends as well as a number of celebrity guests.

Show cars will be lined up outside the National Gallery while others will form a spectacular moving display, going from Whitehall up to Trafalgar Square and back again.

There will also be live music from “chart-topping musical acts” as well as a number of interviews with F1 drivers as well as leading figures in the sport.

As part of the showcase, it is expected that there will be displays from all ten teams, including F1 cars past and present.

Image via Formula One Management

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.