Ecclestone wants Donington Park and Silverstone to share British Grand Prix

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ecclestone has another new idea for the British Grand Prix
Ecclestone has another new idea for the British Grand Prix

Bernie Ecclestone has changed his mind on the future of the British Grand Prix yet again.

To recap, he started the year saying there was no way the 2010 race would be held anywhere other then Donington Park. He later suggested in an interview with The Times that this wasn’t the case, and then took those words back.

Then over the British Grand Prix weekend he warmed to the idea of keeping the race at Silverstone. And today he’s told the Independent he thinks the race should be held at both tracks, rotating from one year to the next:

If they don’t do it, Donington will get together with Silverstone.

I think this is a fine idea in principle: they’re both great tracks and it would ensure the British Grand Prix will remain on the calendar. As Andrew Tsvyk’s article on this site today points out, the race has rotated between Silverstone and other venues in the past.

But we have to be realistic and admit this approach has not worked very well of late.

The German Grand Prix was supposed to rotate between the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring, but the ltter has now said it cannot afford to hold a race next year.

Fuji Speedway and Suzuka are also supposed to be sharing the Japanese Grand Prix. But Fuji’s owners Toyota have recently decided the track will not continue to hold F1 races.

Rotating tracks should in theory allow tracks to spread out the mmoth costs of holding a Grand Prix over a longer amount of time, but for whatever reason that doesn’t seem to work in practice.

Already a month has passed since the last British Grand Prix – a month which in previous years would have seen tickets going on sale. Time is already running out, and it seems to me the decision Ecclestone should be taking at the moment is which circuit is bet placed to hold a race in 2010, and take care of subsequent years after that.

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42 comments on “Ecclestone wants Donington Park and Silverstone to share British Grand Prix”

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  1. I support Silverstone because it is full of History.

  2. Fans must either back FOM or the FIA and understand that the main part of the game is that these two are at war. The FOM model not only doesn’t work for all but a couple of teams with either stupid manufacturers sinking money into them while supporting only part of their brand image needs or for the Ferarri brand/merchandise franchise that does work financially for the benefit of one only, and it also doesn’t work for countries with the majority of the fan base which are not prepared to state subsidise races to ridiculously calculated CVC sunk capital required return levels.

    FOM and Ferrari are the enemy of accessible competitive racing for the fan base, Mercedes and BMW are dupes, Toyota and Renault know better and will soon exit, and FOTA collectively is now an anti-competitive franchise trying to get up with the fewest teams possible to share whatever drippings CVC leave behind that wants no responsibility to any regulatory body that would threaten to bring in new competitors.

  3. I still thing Big Bad Bernie is trying to bluff the BRDC and get his hands on Silverstone himself, even if it takes a bit of time to do it.
    He has stirred up Donington now, and the whole of British motorsport is at his mercy. Isn’t it about time the British Government, the FIA, the MSC stepped in and declared an end to it? As Keith points out, neither Silverstone or Donington are selling tickets for next year’s race, and both now have to find the funds to create a venue suitable for Bernies little circus (which must presumably include tall pit-girls)
    How exactly is this helping British Motorsport, or the motorsport industry?
    Please can somebody stamp on Bernie – NOW!

  4. bernie is dumb. a few months ago he was saying how he didn’t care about silverstone and f1 didnt even need it, and thus immediately decided to sign donington even tho they dont have a track ready yet and if they dont get it ready then they just wont hold a race. Bernie should be out, his garbage is really lame.

  5. Aintree has hosted the F1 British Grand Prix five times: 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962. 11 non-championship Formula 1 races, known as the Aintree 200, with the last run in 1964. Stirling Moss won his first British F1 at Aintree and was also the first British driver to win a British F1 in a British car a few years later. 150,000 attended one race there.

    F1 racing was stopped there because the course was changing owners and the future not certain. The track is largely still there and still used.

    The top-class spectator facilities now far outstrip any British motor course. Liverpool is far superior than Donnington or Silverstone for transport access and hotels being a World Heritage Site tourist city in most of the city centre. Cruise liners regularly visit the city during the summer months. Liners could acts as hotels for F1 races if need be. Cars will not be allowed near Donnington and access is only via the local rail station. Car parking is no problem at Aintree.

    Aintree hosts the world biggest horse race each year catering for massive crowds – they know how to handle it. The course has its own rapid-transit Merseyrail tube station with direct connection to mainline Lime St station which is two hours from London by Virgin trains. There are two motorways adjacent to the course. An international airport is near with frequent flight to all major European cities, and also a smaller airport near for the event and owners choppers.

    This is a clear lost opportunity for Liverpool, Britain and F1. The city has image world-wide, especially sporting linked. The city also hosts huge football games and international golf events at Hoylake and Birkdale. Two large stadia are to be built. Large sporting events is something common to the city. Upgrading the track and install pits is something that would take little money to get to full F1 standards and British F1 history rekindled.

    Why isn’t the city council, Sefton Council, the Jockey Club and Ecclestones talking. The course could ready in months.

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