The Olympic Park area in London is considering an F1 option. (LAT photo)
A bid to turn the Olympic Stadium in London in to a Formula 1 venue has now been officially accepted for consideration by officials, who will now examine it before deciding what happens to the site in the future.
After weeks of speculation about the idea of holding a grand prix around the Olympic Park, the London Legacy Development Corporation confirmed on Tuesday that the bid to host an F1 race was one of four that was now being considered.
In a statement, it said: "Following an extension to the bidding period, the Legacy Corporation can today reveal that it has received four bids for the venue. Bids from West Ham United, Intelligent Transport Services in association with Formula 1, UCFB College of Football Business and Leyton Orient will now be assessed to ensure they are compliant, before being evaluated ahead of negotiations."
Formula 1 commercial rights manager Bernie Ecclestone said last month that he had been consulted by the Intelligent Transport Services company about the plan, which would involve F1 using the stadium for a race rather than owning it.
Speaking to Britain's Telegraph newspaper about the plan, Ecclestone said: "This is a firm that happened to be bidding for use of the stadium, not to own it. They came up with a scheme whereby Formula 1 would race around the stadium, inside it, outside it. They wanted to make sure I would be interested."