Mosley: F1 may go to Silverstone in 2010

Robert Kubica, BMW, Silverstone, 2007, 470150

On the eve of the British Grand Prix FIA President Max Mosley has raised the prospect of the race returning to Silverstone in 2010 instead of moving to Donington Park.

Speaking to the BBC Mosley said he thought it was very likely there would be a British Grand Prix next year – even if Donington isn’t ready in time.

This contradicts Bernie Ecclestone’s oft-repeated insistence that if Donington Park is not ready for 2010, the British Grand Prix may have to skip a year.

Given the political turmoil F1 faces at the moment – with no guarantees what form of world championship may take place in 2010 – it is likely to be some sort of political manoeuvre on Mosley’s part.

At very least, with the FIA deciding not to publish details of its proposed 2010 F1 teams list today as promised, it may simply be an attempt to deflect attention away from the wider crisis facing Formula 1.

Regardless of whether the offer is serious or not, it makes sense for F1 to keep a British round on the calendar: the reigning world champion is British, and the team and driver leading the championships at present are both British, as are most of the current teams’ bases.

As discussed earlier this week, Britain attracts far more fans than new venues like Istanbul or Shanghai.

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30 comments on Mosley: F1 may go to Silverstone in 2010

  1. Spawinte said on 20th June 2009, 17:13

    Niiiiiice backpeddling, very nice. 9 out of 10.

  2. Bud said on 20th June 2009, 18:37

    Grovel ,grovel,grovel.
    Why did this come to mind,

    “Yes, well, that’s the sort of philistine pig ignorance I’ve come to expect from you non-creative garbage. You sit there on your loathsome, spotty behind, squeezing blackheads and not giving a tinker’s cuss for us ‘fans’. You excrement! You whining, hypocritical toadie with your color TV set and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs. Well I wouldn’t become an ‘FIA President’ now if you got down on your lousy, stinking, purulent knees and begged me!”

  3. Steve_P said on 20th June 2009, 21:53

    There has never been any doubt in my mind that Britain would hold a GP. Whoever would make the deicision to skip Britain would be a lunatic.

  4. antonyob said on 20th June 2009, 23:46

    god i hate joe publics idea that any idea is better than the kings. yeh hes a megalomaniac yeh Moseley is probably well off his peak but jeesuz H do we really need to get rid of a man who ran an f1 team, is a barrister and who ran a sport that went from minority interest to 3rd most watched sport in the world behind the olympics and the world cup ( btw they occur once every 4 years)

    grow tf up, know your history, know what the sport was before Ecclestone sorted it out. NO SPORT can acceptably deal with the scrutiny todays 24 7 media puts it under. But in a sport the media still deems contemptuously as rich boys getting “inside cars fast and women faster”- they havent a chance. Make up your mind based on what you have watched over the last 1-30 years not what the Daily Mail say. ( and if you have watched less than 10 years – shut up for a bit)

    No man sets up a highly expensive project to try and get cars to overtake who doesnt understand the sport. Just as his hand on the tiller of increasing safety saved Sutil from injury today and countless others from death, give kers a chance, give the aero changes a chance. The man is one of us, well he is one of the people i call us anyway. I dont know who the rest of you are but lemmings springs to mind.

  5. BobH said on 20th June 2009, 23:54

    The only logical reason Silverstone is being offered a race in 2010 now is that Bernie, with MM, is trying to stitch up the spare circuits to prevent FOTA getting a critical mass of circuits. There is no change of heart about the original Donnington decision – it is just part of a desperate scramble to stop FOTA.

  6. manatcna said on 22nd June 2009, 2:15

    “Whoever would make the decision to skip Britain would be a lunatic.”

    Well, Mosley is, anyway

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