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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January 20, 2013 6:46 PM

del boy is well enough off, to not have to worry where the next few bob are coming from. to suggest that the government (meaning the taxpayer) put money into a racing circuit that is only of benefit to the reasonably well off, is laughable.

there are plenty of super rich, such as bernie, who could well afford to return some of their wealth to the sport, if they really wanted to.

as regards young drivers. well we dont like pay drivers, but the ones who show promise are usually taken under the wing of a rich uncle, so again, if they want to, individuals could sponsor some of the youngsters. but again, to ask that the taxpayer pay for some youngsters to participate in their sport, is just not on.

what next? the taxpayer to pay for footballers?

pdfbt40 - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 8:38 PM

When funding for Sports UK (nee Sports Council) was transfered to the lottery, it was made clear that funding would change. Of course this didn't affect motorsport, they had none. Many other non-olympic sports were cut to nothing. Olympic sports have increasingly been paid for results, no money to improve poor performers.
Most motor racing circuits were owned by companies, clubs, or individuals. Silverstone, despite being a company is essentially run for the BRDC benefit. Hasn't changed much from, for example, no or 1 motorcycle event.
So why should motorsport, BRDC, and silverstone get funding now. There are many sponsorship and scholarships in the 'industry' already for drivers, any government/sports UK to organisers, regulators and circuits, as others point out, is supporting companies and as often pointed out, a profitable industry.
Situations have existed before like this with other sports. Think of Tennis. The premier event, Wimbledon was held at a private club who took t

shaken - Unregistered

January 21, 2013 4:10 PM

Its a rich mans sport Derek (as you rightly put it). F1 has more enormously wealthy 'pay drivers' queuing up to fill seats than it can count. Leave the lottery funding to those (non F1) who need it.

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