Silverstone Secures British GP
Silverstone have secured the rights to host the British Grand Prix for the next 17 years.
The circuit in Northamptonshire has been the host of the Grand Prix for many years, but its future looked in doubt when Bernie Ecclestone announced the race would be moving to Donington Park.
However Donington, usually the home of motorbike and sportscar racing did not have the required funds to complete their regeneration project, and now have a half finished building site of a race circuit that was formerly a majestic venue. Anyone who has ever seen touring cars screaming down the craner curves, door bashing will agree it was perfect as it was, but no longer.
The entire future of the British race looked in doubt, but Silverstone managed to find the required funding to continue their deal and please Bernie Ecclestone with proposals to change the track.
“The title of Silverstone as home of motorsport has come true,” said BRDC president Damon Hill.
“It is a place for all motorsport. Everyone in the BRDC loves motorsport and we are looking forward to the MotoGP as well as the British Grand Prix.
“It is not easy to enter into a contract of this magnitude and you have to take on a lot of responsibility, but the BRDC wanted this relationship to continue.
“Everyone was well aware that the British GP is not just a sporting event, but it is dynamo of the industry in this country. Losing it would have been damaging and perhaps there would have been no coming back.”
Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 F1 World Champion was equally delighted.
“Firstly, it’s fantastic news that the British Grand Prix will stay on the calendar for 2010,” said Hamilton after Silverstone announced a 17-year deal to host the race.
“Secondly, it’s great that the race will be at Silverstone.
“The place has an atmosphere that money can’t buy, and I have some fantastic memories of the track – winning both races in GP2 in 2006, getting an incredibly emotional and satisfying pole in ’07 and winning in the wet in my championship year.
“Most importantly, those achievements have all been underlined by the reaction and support of the Silverstone crowd, which has always been fantastic. British fans are the greatest Formula 1 supporters in the world – and this must be the best Christmas present they could ever ask for.
“I can’t wait to come home to the Santander British Grand Prix next year: both Jenson and I will be flying the flag for Britain and doing our best to win the race,” added the Briton.