F1 » Ecclestone gives Silverstone final deadline to save British GP


F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has given Silverstone and its owners the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) one final ultimatum - sign a contract by 11 December, or accept that the 2010 British Grand Prix is lost

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Conger - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 11:43 AM


7% a year over 17 years is ridiculous.

No one has a Cristal ball!

Assuming 2.5% inflation it is a real increase of 85% over the 17 years.

I could understand with the increase being linked to something like RPI or Inflation by 7%! Is taking the piss!

Cubikrube - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 11:45 AM

All the teams based in the UK need to put some money together to make this happen. I think it's the only way they'll make up the shortfall.
It's a shame that Bernie and Blair had that dodgy donation moment when tobacco advertising was allowed to continue after Bernie gave Labour that million pound donation...and then they had to give it back. Our politicians won't help to fund it despite the vast amounts of jobs/money/expertise it continues to bring to the UK economy. They'll give loads of tax breaks to car manufacturers but they won't give a couple of million a year to help fund this. Sad but true

Chris00

November 20, 2009 11:48 AM

Good one Bernie get rid of all the nations that have a history in F1 like Britan, France and the US and give half the races to the arabs.... They may build good tracks but knowone over there cares about f1. Dont you have enough money already?????

Conger - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 11:52 AM

To give you an idea.


£50.00 for each person per day they attend day goes to pay for the event in 2010, in 2027 adjusted for inflation the amount would be £92.60!

You taking Silverstone would have to pay £277-00 for each three day ticket before they even begain to cover thier costs nevermind make a profit! :?

It economically madness.

richard - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 12:08 PM

I thought that Bernie got a share of the gate too...

"The Arabs" dont make good tracks, they pay to have nice hotels and toilets built. I don't see many Spa's, Brno's, Road America's, Suzuka's, Osterreichrings, Dijon's, Nordschleife's or even Macau's/Monaco's (elevation changes) in the Middle East. Plus no Tilke involvement in any of the above...

richard - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 12:13 PM

Bernie isn't stupid, he knows that being the "Formula 1" circuit means a lot of prestige for a venue. People often talk about F1 attracting global interest to an emerging country hence governments cough up, but the circuits and surrounding areas also have knock on benefits from Bernie bringing the circus to town. Why shouldn't F1 get a share of the hotel revenues, racing school profits and everything else that bleeds off a "Grand Prix circuit". Donington's failure is a good example of how all the locals complain about the effect its demise has on their business yet their business never invested in the circuit ... very short sighted and naive I feel.

richard - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 12:18 PM

If motor racing circuits were run be Bernie and people like him then they would make sure they were extracting their fare share from the local community, local government and national government plus have services in place that profit from the image of F1 24/7 365 days a year. Thats what Bernie expects a real business to do so all he is doing is extracting what he see's as F1's fair share from the pot. Harping back to Donington as an example, you wouldn't believe the quantity of water, barbecues, alcohol and food the local CO-OP shifts during Download and MotoGP and yet not a single penny ends up in the circuits pocket (not connected to F1 but you get my drift).

Racefan - Unregistered

November 20, 2009 12:20 PM

"......but there is no chance of an exceptional contract for Silverstone. Why should there be?"

Because it's the country of your birth Bernie, it's the home of the sport that's made you one of the richest men in the world, it's where you got the education that's stood you in good stead for life.

Show a bit of decency, loyalty, and national pride and keep an F1 grand prix in Britain.

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