OK - we admit it - we were had. Pitpass.com's April Fool story completely...well, fooled us. In our defence it was pretty early in the morning and we were a bit overexcited about the thought of celebrities in Minis!
The website Pitpass.com (not a site we visit that often, granted) is claiming today that a "non-championship F1 race, to be held in central London" will be announced in the next few weeks.
Yes, Ken actually wangled it! And how did he do it? Well he used the power of thje Olympics of course:
"The reason for the apparent 'rush' is because the government, the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and the consortium behind London's bid for the 2012 Olympics believe that the announcement of an event as significant as an F1 race, might be enough to convince the International Olympic Committee of London's ability to stage the 2012 Olympics before it makes its decision in July."
The race is thought to be happening in May next year and might include "a qualifying session on the Saturday morning followed by a 'sprint' race later in the day. Sunday would witness a slightly longer (one hour?) mini-race."
But it gets better - there's also plans to hold a race in which "celebrities drive minis", and Londonist would just like to go on record right now as saying that celebrities racing in minis is far and away the greatest contribution Ken Livingstone had made to this city since he became Mayor.
Now if only they's let us decide on the route for the course. Hmmm...