With Silverstone considering its options with regards to hosting the British Grand Prix, the future of the iconic event appears to be under threat if a new deal cannot be sourced.

Owners have aired concerns that Silverstone's long-term contract - which concludes in 2026 - will leave the venue in financial ruin, sparking fears it will exit the deal after the 2019 race.

But does the future of the British Grand Prix really begin and end with Silverstone? Could it find a new home? We look at the most feasible options...

Brands Hatch alternated British GP hosting duties with Silverstone until 1986

Brands Hatch

There are many who would dearly love to see the British Grand Prix return to Kent's Brands Hatch circuit, having alternated hosting duties with Silverstone between 1964 and 1986. The venue has seen numerous iconic races and the striking image of F1 cars plunging into the marvellous Paddock Hill Bend at T1 is firmly etched in the memory of older fans.

However, while Brands Hatch remains a very active venue on a national stage and has played host to most international racing series' over the years - including World Superbikes, DTM, WTCC and European F3 -, it is ultimately restricted by its surroundings.

The circuit's layout has barely changed since F1 last visited, when even then it was considered the sport had outgrown the venue and would require modification to cope with the higher speeds, particularly around the fast far end of the circuit.

Furthermore, Brands Hatch is subject to strict noise restrictions which means the extended Grand Prix layout can only be used for a handful of days and there are curfews one when engines can be fired up.

Owners Motorsport Vision - owned by Jonathan Palmer, father of current F1 racer Jolyon Palmer - has signalled a renewed F1 interest in the recent past, but while Brands Hatch is the flagship venue in MSV's impressive portfolio - including Oulton Park and Snetterton -, options are limited to attract the sport.

Donington Park has hosted an F1 race before but came close to collapse in its attempts to secure British GP rights in 2008

Donington Park

Many were taken off guard in 2008 when Donington Park secured a mammoth 17 year deal to host the British Grand Prix from 2010, but ultimately the deal proved to be only worth the paper it was printed on.

Though the fiasco nearly proved the financial ruin of Donington Park, the venue - which had a brief but famous spot on the F1 calendar under the European GP moniker in 1993 -, it suggested the land and layout is conducive to hosting F1, while the circuit benefits from being relatively easy to access.

However, there appears to be little appetite amongst circuit owners at this stage, not least because F1 would require a substantial overhaul of the facilities, as well as the circuit itself.

"Since the very successful restart of Donington Park six years ago, the board at the circuit has consistently made it clear that we have no intention of bidding for the British Grand Prix," a spokesperson told Sky Sports F1.

As such, anyone hoping to evoke memories of that first lap by Ayrton Senna in 1993 are likely to be sorely disappointed.

The Circuit of Wales could be the UK's first international motorsport venue for more than 15 years... if it does indeed get built

Circuit of Wales

A potential option in theory, but actions speak louder than words in the Circuit of Wales' case.

The ambitious multi-million project was first announced in 2013, the intention being to host the MotoGP World Championship from 2016. However, though it has won hosting rights from Dorna, CoW has run into numerous issues with planning and investment, meaning to date no progress has been made on construction.

Intended to be built in Ebbw Vale, though the prospect of a brand-new international-standard circuit - the UK's first since 2001 - has been welcomed, the ongoing stumbles have raised doubts over whether it will ever go ahead, while others have questioned the wisdom behind its relatively isolated location.

Despite the hurdles, circuit bosses are still pursuing their options. Indeed, it is worth pointing out that on the day Silverstone's concerns were first aired, CoW happened to announce a new deal with the Extreme group to develop its facilities and hosting potential as a multi-purpose venue.

Though F1 was never strictly in its original plans, the prospect of such a huge event could in theory prompt a change in approach from bosses - particularly as ground hasn't been broken - and while the circuit has been designed to FIM standards, it is feasible to assume it could be brought up to necessary FIA Grade 1 standards too.

Either way, progress needs to be seen soon though if it isn't to be considered a credible option.

Rockingham got a royal opening in 2001 but hasn't made its mark on the international motorsport scene


The UK's newest venue, the Rockingham Motor Speedway was opened to great fanfare in 2001 by the Queen no less with grand designs on becoming an international motorsport centrepiece for the country. However, its global reach would be limited to just a couple of CART races in 2001 and 2002.

Since then Rockingham has hosted national events and established itself as a premier multi-purpose motorsport venue for track days and conferencing, but it seems unlikely it will ever be used for anything more than this.

The facilities would need to be upgraded and while the oval element gives it an Indianapolis feel, the current infield - despite its multi-configurations - is arguably too flat and featureless to be considered as it is.

We wish...

Cadwell Park

Not likely in the slightest, but we can spare a moment thinking about a Ferrari tackling the Mountain...


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I really don't want a race around the streets on London, street races aren't very good.

There are plenty on U.K. Circuits that could be used if there was a bit of money put into them and brought up to standard.

First let me say that Brands Hatch may not have changed much since F1 was last there but neither has Monaco. And noise restrictions? Why the media keeps on about the quite F1 racers surely contradicts this concern. I'd bet Mr. Palmer would find a way to meet the restrictions if the British Grand Prix were on offer.

Welcome to Copenhagen in 2020.

Street Racing is why I enjoy Indycar more than F1. It gives teams with less budget a much better chance at being competitive if they have a good driver. If you set your car up to get over the bumps smoothly and turn into corners well then you have a shot. Not like the normal high speed corners where one team spending 300 million per year can get through the corner 2/10'ths faster than another team spending 100 million a year and finishes a lap ahead. Street racing is similar to rain racing in that it's a bit of an equalizer

Thruxton would be fantastic,although for me olivers mount is more convenient it would make Monaco look like the indy 500.

valsp: Why should the public have to put up with the disruption and noise of a street race just for someone else to make money. What is in it for them? Who would pay for all the alterations and diversions.

If we were to have a street race the government should demand payment of the same fee that Silverstone would have to pay if they were staging it[\blockquote]

So you mean instead of Liberty receiving £15 per year hosting fee they should PAY London £15 million per year? Wouldn't that cause Liberty to be £30 million out of pocket?

Why should the public have to put up with the disruption and noise of a street race just for someone else to make money. What is in it for them? Who would pay for all the alterations and diversions.

If we were to have a street race the government should demand payment of the same fee that Silverstone would have to pay if they were staging it

Oulton Park... like Monaco, F1 cars can't overtake,