F1 signs 15-year partnership with Tottenham Hotspur

Electric carts will open later this year for the facility below the state-of-the-art 63,000-seat venue and will be London’s longest indoor track when completed.

It will be accredited by the National Karting Association, meaning it can be used as a venue for national championships, and Spurs will create a driver academy programme.

F1 and the club are said to “deliver educational activities to schools to attract local young people into motorsport and showcase career opportunities and pathways in areas such as engineering and software development.”

An apprenticeship structure and a local careers program are also designed to increase the diversity of women and underrepresented groups in the motorsport industry.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “Since the construction of this stadium, our ambition has always been to see how far we can push the boundaries to deliver world-class experiences that will attract people from all over the world to throughout the year.

“We were able to bring the biggest names in sport and entertainment to London N17.

“We are extremely excited about what this long-term partnership with F1 will bring to our global, national and local communities.”

F1 flag flying this morning

F1 flag flying this morning

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

The partnership between F1 and the club will also pave the way for collaboration on sustainability initiatives, with the championship committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 – ten years ahead of Spurs’ target.

Stefano Domenicali, CEO of F1, said: “As we continue to grow our sport, partnering with world-renowned brands such as Tottenham Hotspur allows us to bring Formula 1 and motorsport to a new and more diverse audience.

“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 a accessible entry to the world of motorsport.

“Our two brands share a vision to create life-changing career opportunities, promote diversity and inclusion, for example through the recently announced F1 Academy, and drive environmental sustainability – our innovative partnership will long live.”

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There has been some more recent overlap between motorsport and football, with London club Chelsea sponsoring Sauber’s kit between 2012 and 2016.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur supported a team from the start of the curio one-seat Superleague Formula which lasted from 2008 to 2011.

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Courtesy of Formula Renault and GT competitor Craig Dolby, the club’s entry finished second in 2009 behind English rivals Liverpool.

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