If the civic body allows it, you may just see a Formula One car zipping past Marine Drive.
An event management company has submitted a proposal to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) seeking permission to drive an F1 racing car along the Queen’s Necklace as part of the promotional activities for its client, Vodafone India.
Percept, the event management company, has planned the event in mid-September. It would involve an F1 car cruising along the seaside, with spectators cheering from both sides of the road, said civic officials.
While officials from the firm did not contest the claim, they refused to comment on the issue. Vodafone India, too, refused to comment.
Vodafone is associated with the F1 team, Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes, and has two drivers currently — Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Hamilton had visited Bangalore last year for a similar promotional feature, where he burned the rubber on a high-speed corridor. Mumbai also saw a similar promotional drive in 2009 when F1 driver David Coulthard had cruised down the Bandra-Worli sea link in his racing car.
Confirming the development, BMC chief Sitaram Kunte, said: “We are examining the proposal. I have forwarded it to the department concerned. The ward officials will study the feasibility of the proposal.”
A senior civic official, requesting anonymity, said: “They have asked us for permission to construct stands for spectators to view the test run.
Since it involves a racing car, it will involve high-speed driving along the road.”
The proposal could face a few hiccups. “Marine Drive is not in good shape right now to handle such high-speed racing. Also, we cannot allow them to erect spectator stands on the pavement alongside the shore. We will take a call on the feasibility of the proposal after considering all aspects,” said the official.