London Mayor laps Battersea Park track in Formula E car

London Mayor Boris Johnson sampled the Formula E car at Battersea Park ahead of the London ePrix races this weekend.

The charismatic politician arrived at the London ePrix venue via his favoured method of transport, bicycle, and was given a briefing and made to ensure his burly presence was made comfortable in the Spark single-seater by Formula E officials.

Led around the 1.81-mile Battersea Park track by Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag in the official BMW safety car, Johnson completed two laps before driving into the pitlane for a photoshoot and informal audience with the assembled press.

"Amazing, amazing, I thought I hit a squirrel at one stage, but he was quite nimble," he said. "The speed was not exceptional, but it was fine – I've driven faster on the roads.

"Formula E and Wandsworth Council have done a wonderful job to get this event on and I think it will be a great spectacle. The people of London have great races to watch this weekend.

"The car drove well, I enjoyed it very much but I'll leave it to the pros now," surmised Johnson after his experience. "We should make sure we have this every year.

"What it showcases is our drive to get low-carbon vehicles on the streets. It's part of our campaign to get London going electric."

Johnson, who is famed for his often irreverent style and occasional public gaffe, avoided any incidents in his single-seater drive around the Battersea Park track.

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Series Formula E
Event London ePrix
Track Streets of London
Article type Breaking news