F1: Silverstone Back On F1 Calendar

Mike Stevens | Dec 8, 2009

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone

Ecclestone said he was adamant a British race would remain on the F1 calendar after the collapse of Donington’s bid.

“This will ensure the British Grand Prix is included on the Formula 1 calendar for many years to come, which is something I've always wanted,” he said.

“The team at Silverstone already know how to organise a good event and now everyone can look forward to next summer at Silverstone.”

While Silverstone has previously been criticised for its sub-standard facilities, the long term deal will allow track operators to complete an overhaul and invest in its future.

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said: “We've always had the belief the British Grand Prix was an important cornerstone of Formula 1 but, with Bernie, you're never quite sure. At the end of the day, though, you have to have a British Grand Prix.”

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  • Phil C. says,
    6 years ago
    Bernie took a huge cut to get the Montreal GP back on, now the British GP is back on with what seems to be a similar although longer deal.

    Perhaps, F1 is now realising that $35M is a price only the new oil rich countries like Abu Dhabi & Bahrain can afford to pay.

    A great sport, looking forward to a season of 20 races in possibly 2011.