F1 » F1 chief Ecclestone: There is no British Grand Prix

F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone repeats his warning to Silverstone and circuit owners the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) that there will be no compromise in his British Grand Prix financial demands

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Al - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 11:48 AM

if you really care about a British GP you would either take the sensible approach and give them a realistic fee, or give them the same deal as Monaco, with no fee.

How is a circuit supposed to deal with a 7 percent year on year rise, that's just insane, they made a profit of under 2 percent this year and you want them to improve the facilities and at the same time you rob them blind of any chance to make a profit to do it!
for those who can't do the maths, 7 percent per annum means in the 17th year Silverstone would have to pay 35.4 Million to host the race
F1 and commercial circuits just don't go together any more... and if you also expect those same sort of rises for the TV money ?!!

Iank - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 11:55 AM

BE is not interested in the history and culture of F1, all he is interested in is to line his own pockets. He is blinded by the big money packages thrown at him by certain states to secure a race in their countries, and he is not able see that the future of F1 is at both the old historical tracks, privately funded, as well as the newer state funded circuits.

Martin - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 11:59 AM

FOTA should have gone their own way and left the spiteful F1 commercial rights holder with no decent racing at soulless, boring but expensive circuits that can pay the outrageous fees that this greedy little oik demands.
On the point about Jenson Button, it was up to Jenson where he went, he was loyal to BAR/Honda/BrawnGP and that was thrown back in his face, so it is no surprise he jumped ship. However Loyalty and respect are 2 words that don't figure in ecclectones vocabulary.

Simon - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 12:03 PM

" If you really care about a british gp " , Thats the trouble he does not .
Plainly all he cares for is money , Not history , Not fans , Not tracks , Not racing , none of the things we care for , He can and will pull the gp for those reasons , He simply has no interest in anything but cash .
GO on Bernie prove us all wrong .
I for one will not hold my breath . .

RIP British GP . .


November 22, 2009 12:18 PM

This can pnly end one way. The British GP will go, no Donnington, Magny Cour or Spa!
Whats left?
Nothing but half filled soulless circuits with nothing to offer except 5 star accomodation and extortionate restaurants.
RIP British GP.
This would be the perfect time to organise the breakaway and let the teams get back to the important things like racing and the fans.

evil ken evil - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 12:19 PM

Lets hope silverstone see some sense and tell bernie were to go...

its not like they really need him is it ..i know that the motogp round isnt as big but its still got to be a nice little earner

Bernies the one thats stabbing Brit GP fans in the back...all he cares about is ££££££s

F1 fans are all sleep anyway, processional racing ....the race results arent decided on track there decided with dirty little agreements made behind doors and driver talent is irrelavent ....the best car wins as was proven this year

do your selves a favour ...watch MOTOGP..thats where its at


WTH is going on?? - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 12:32 PM

Honestly, can this dude make up his mind already? One minute he makes supportive noises at Donnington, then he gives hope to Silverstone. Then the next day, he says NO WAY! He is clearly using the press to bash the Brits over the head to get what he wants!

Commodore S - Unregistered

November 22, 2009 12:32 PM

7% increment each year with a commitment for 17years is slightly over the top to say the least.

However the 12 million sanction fee sounds feasible given the financial stimulus to the U.K economy.

B.E seems intent on Donington however in order that you Brits do not lose this event a 1 year deal would appear to be the way to go given the circumstances and allowing commonsense to prevail in due course.

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