Ecclestone wants Donington Park and Silverstone to share British Grand Prix

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

  1. Brian said on 19th July 2009, 20:20

    Lets consider him like a bee. If we ignore him and don’t take him seriously, then maybe he will just buzz off. Or everyone could just laugh at him every time he opens his mouth and he will think his going crazy, then end up in an insane asylum with white padded walls. I know I laugh every time i see him. hahahahaha, his hair cracks me up, and those beady little eyes look like they belong to Rat!!!lol. No disrespect meant.

  2. Brian said on 19th July 2009, 20:22

    We should find a side by side picture of Bernie and Emperor Palpatine then sell t-shirts with that picture at all the GP’s

  3. Lutz said on 19th July 2009, 22:56

    uff, tks Keith, for deleting all that BS from that bernie guy…

    quite annoying, just ike the real one!

  4. Let’s point out that Bernie’s concession that the GP could be rotated between Silverstone and Donington will only apply if Silverstone make the upgrades they have promised Bernie.

    The BRDC have made promises countless times before and never delivered upon them. I expect no different from them this time.

    Let’s also not forget that had Silverstone made the relatively cheap redevelopments asked for by Bernie (at least, when compared to the money Donington is having to spend), we would never have arrived at this situation in the first place. Blame the BRDC, not Bernie.

    • Mark Hithcock said on 24th July 2009, 11:28

      As has already been mentioned, if Bernie lowered his prices then Silverstone would find it easier to fund the improvements.
      So I’m afraid it is stil Bernie’s fault whatever way you look at it.

  5. Polak said on 20th July 2009, 1:41

    whats all this about tracks paying bernie for races? I was under the impression that he pays the tracks, but not enough?

  6. wasiF1 said on 20th July 2009, 5:38

    I support Silverstone because it is full of History.

  7. m0tion said on 20th July 2009, 5:48

    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.

  8. DGR-F1 said on 20th July 2009, 8:32

    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!

  9. Nick said on 20th July 2009, 15:31

    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.

  10. John said on 5th August 2009, 13:17

    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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