F1 » Phillips: Ecclestone was right about Silverstone...


On the eve of the 2010 British Grand Prix, Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips has confessed that Bernie Ecclestone 'was right' in his repeated criticism of the Northants circuit - revealing that improvements did need to be made, all that was lacking was the financial wherewithal...

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Alan D - Unregistered

July 07, 2010 11:17 AM

In all other major sports, the TV revenues have been ploughed back into the sport, used to build infrastructure like stadiums, development programmes for youngsters coming into the sport, give decent livings to the participants, and financial support for smaller clubs and teams. F1 is unique in that Exxlesstone/CVC not only takes the lion's share of the TV revenues, he also charges the circuits to let him use their facilities.

Its a no-brainer for Ecclestone to say the stadiums need upgrading to be more modern, etc. Shame he doesn't care so much about the racing characteristics of the tracks.

F1fan - Unregistered

July 07, 2010 12:45 PM

Can't wait to get there Friday :) will be the first f1 race I I've been to. Been to silverstone countless times so also excites to see the new layout.

Phil - Unregistered

July 07, 2010 1:01 PM

I went there in 2009 the week before the F1 GP it was a club day so not too busy.

It looks nothing like it does on TV and could see why Bernie was always moaning, but after being there i thought he was actually being kind, so great news long live Silverstone

Robbie - Unregistered

July 07, 2010 1:34 PM

I have been going to Silverstone for 30 years now and I have to always agree with Bernie. What money Silverstone did receive from outside was always poured back into the BRDC. Many years ago when bernie was threatening to take the GP away, Silverstone go money to spend on the infrastructure. They removed the covered grandstands on the start/finish straight and replaced them with uncovered grandstand, perfect for club meets in March and November. And then, built the wonderful BRDC grandstand you see today. As always with Silverstone, fans get the raw deal but maybe this is changing....

Race1 - Unregistered

July 07, 2010 10:42 PM

I'm with Robbie on this.

BUT, at least someone at Silverstone had the balls to say as much. Obviously Brundle, Stewart or Hill never could admit they (BRDC) were the ones responsible for the lack of improvements. As above, they soon found £X Million to build their glass clubhouse instead of tarmacing the parking!

I hope Mr Philips and his team continue their work and we end up with a facility the F1/MotoGP deserves.

Sandracer - Unregistered

July 08, 2010 8:17 AM

Well, why doesn't the whining little dwarf stop being so greedy.Rather than charging the circuit for the honour of running F1, actually let them put some of that cash back in to development! Hasn't he got enough cash?
I went to the MotoGp race there the other week and, although I have always had a very high opinion of Silverstone, I think it is even better than before! Donnington could never have hoped to be its equal!!
Ha - the dwarf won't be happy that both MotoGP and WSB are running at 'his' circuit!! Try watching the Superbikes Bernie - see what real racing is about.....

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