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Warwick: Government needs to support Silverstone, young drivers
20 January 2013
BRDC president Derek Warwick has urged the UK government and the National Lottery to help Silverstone and young upcoming British drivers'.
Talking to Sky Sports F1 Online
, Warwick added it is unfair that British athletes will get given so much support in the build up to the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 - with the cycling and rowing teams both reportedly getting over £30m each - yet nothing is done to foster the next generation of drivers that will replace the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at the very pinnacle of the sport.
Warwick also added that Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, could also do with a bit of backing in the face of increasingly stiff competition from around the world for its place on the F1 schedule.
“With [F1 boss] Bernie Ecclestone you can never be sure about anything, but we do have a 17-year contract [to host the British Grand Prix] so are pretty secure for another 14 years,” Warwick said.
“But I have to say our business is pretty marginal, we don't make a lot of money - in fact we will lose money in 2012 - so it galls me a bit when I see the amount of lottery and government funding there is in our Great British athletes.
“Rowers get £27,000 each but our young drivers and Silverstone get no money at all from the lottery or the government and it is about time the government and the lottery fund stop viewing motor racing [people] as all multi-millionaires.
“Yes, there are a lot of people in F1 that are very wealthy, but our young drivers need help - they need help from the government and they need help from the lottery, as does Silverstone.
“We are struggling, we are really struggling and we could do with some help,” he concluded.