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Horner: F1 calendar needs a mix

Christian Horner says the sport must balance the old and new when considering what tracks make up the line-up for the FIA F1 World Championship.
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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Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, 24-26th, April, 2009
Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, 24-26th, April, 2009
Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull RB5, Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Monaco F1 Grand Prix, 21st-24th, May 2009
Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), Christian Horner (NED) Red Bull Sporting Director, Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai, 17th-19th, April 2009

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davecooper - Unregistered

December 10, 2009 12:53 PM

The day we lose all the traditional circuits is the day that a 40 year fan (first GP 1969 British)switches off. Don't get me wrong, the new Middle Eastern and Eastern tracks are wonders of engineering and the night races are impressive. However, I wouldn't rush to visit one for a GP. I agree with Christian Horner, we need a mix and the trees and forests of Spa and Monza etc are needed to balance out the concrete and sand of the new breed.

DampMongoose - Unregistered

December 11, 2009 10:04 AM

A mix of circuits was always what GP and F1 racing was about... in the past there was much more diversity, Slipstreamers like Monza, Hockenheim and Silverstone and proper street circuits like Monaco and Detroit... unfortunately the tracks I would love to see back have been built on or dug up etc and the current forms are pretty pale by comparison, Zandvoort and Kyalami spring to mind without mentioning the Ring, they ruined that when they took the jumps and hedges out!

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