British government will not mirror Italian Grand Prix spending

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

British Sports Minister Richard Caborn MP gave a strong indication that the government are not interested in supporting their home Grand Prix in an answer to a quetion raised by opposition MP Michael Jack.

Caborn denied the his Department for Culture, Media and Sport had any information about how much money, if any, other European governments put into supporting their Grands Prix. This comes as the Italian government is reproted to be about to spend 10 million Euros on their second Grand Prix, ostensibly the ‘San Marino’ round.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone was fthe first ever round of the Formula One World Championship in 1950, and Britain has one of, perhaps the greatest, motorsport industries. Given the government’s championing of the 2012 Olympics in London their disinterest in supporting the British Grand Prix when many other countries are supporting theirs is extremely disappointing.

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