The story claims a five-year deal with Silverstone to host the British Grand Prix has been struck and will be announced tomorrow. That would coincide with the race-holding British Racing Drivers’ Club’s annual awards ceremony.
The deal is reported to be worth £14m for next year’s race, with costs rising 7% per year. That is an entirely different deal to the one originally offered, of a 17-year deal with a 7% escalator starting at £12m.
The total value of the 17-race deal was over £370m, or £21.77m per race. This deal would work out at £80.5m over five years, or £16.1m per race.
If the details are accurate, Silverstone has agreed to pay more for the next five races than it would have paid under the original offer, but without being shackled to another 12 years’ payments.
The Canadian Grand Prix recently returned to the F1 calendar on a five-year deal worth $75m (Canadian), roughly £43m, which was CAN$100m less than Ecclestone originally wanted.
Ecclestone’s latest deadline for Silverstone to agree a deal is Friday 11th December.
Update: The BRDC claims it has signed a 17-year deal to host the British Grand Prix at Silverstone from 2010. Press release below.
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