Christian Horner has warned F1 must remain loyal to its roots in the coming years if it is to continue to thrive.

Horner was delighted this week when Silverstone announced a new 17-year agreement with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, something that will ensure the British Grand Prix remains on the schedule for the foreseeable future.

However he added that the older and traditional races, like those at Silverstone and other places like Monza and Spa, shouldn't be forgotten. Indeed he emphasised that while the newer venues in Abu Dhabi and Singapore are great, the sport needs to ensure that mix remains.

"It is great news for British motorsport and to secure the long-term future of the British Grand Prix is great for our team," the Red Bull Racing F1 team boss told GPUpdate.net.

"It's our local race and a wonderful opportunity for all the staff to see their cars in action, as we did when we dominated the race this year (with Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber finishing 1-2).

"It's important to have a mix of historic races - the Monzas and Silverstones and the new ones such as Abu Dhabi and Singapore. Plus the drivers love Silverstone.

"Silverstone is one of the great circuits and one of the last big challenges and it is really fantastic it is still on the F1 calendar."

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