F1 » Warwick: Government needs to support Silverstone, young drivers

Derek Warwick: It galls me a bit when I see the amount of lottery and government funding there is in our Great British athletes

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Caroline - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 11:01 AM

The Olympics cost GBP142 per head for every man, woman and child in the United Kingdom, and resulted in a 0.4% drop in retail sales, 20% drop in theatre ticket sales, a 35% drop in hotel bookings, all of which helped prolong the recession.

But as long as politicians can shake the hands of gold medalists, that's OK.

fredd - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 11:13 AM

One would not think that an individual who knows the nature of racing would go to the government with cap in hand. But if it's good enough for Bernie . . .

chris - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 3:23 PM

why oh why should the british taxpayer subsidise a money making exercise (not a sport) when you have individuals and companies making billion on the back f1, genuine talent should be given a chance to blossom just like the ordinary sons of well connected fathers seem to have.

oldtimer - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 3:57 PM

I'm not sure that Warwick has thought about this very much. Just why should the government put money into something like this when we are in the grip of a huge Worldwide financial crisis. There job is to get us out of the present situation and ensure that this country moves out of this situation and starts to look to the future.
We have the people in this country to do the job he wants and I'm sure they will when the economy improves and there is money available to be spent. Until then motor racing like many other things will have to take a back seat. It is not important to the majority of the population and I'm sure there would be a huge uproar if Cameron suddenly announced that they were putting millions of pounds into backing Silverstone and young drivers at the present time.

SP3 - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 4:10 PM

Not a subject of Her Royal Highness. But, I am a citizen of the USA which, as most of you know, is just about as in debt any seven countries combined with all the 'support' my govt has handed out to special interests. Maybe if Mr Warwick was saddled with the same debt $140k+ (per taxpayer, as of today) we have here, he'd think through his comments a little more thoroughly. Or, maybe he just plays for that side?

finfan - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 4:27 PM

why should the british government bailout silverstone when they dont bailout other businesses like jessops HMV blockbuster and all the other companies that are in trouble, i say all those that are doing well out of the sport put something back most of them live FREE lives anyway so they have spare cash a plenty


January 20, 2013 5:57 PM

All good and well but what do drivers do once they start making some decent cash...yup move somewhere tax free. If you backed them on the premise that when they do make it big they keep paying their taxes in the uk then maybe there's something in it.

Like that will ever happen :P

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