F1: Check here for latest news on the British Grand Prix

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarFriday, October 2nd, 2009

 
 

Finally, after months of highs and lows, near-breakthroughs and crushing disappointments, an end to the saga of the British Grand Prix is here. The Powers That Be at Silverstone have held a press conference and announced that they have secured a 17-year lease.

The news was revealed, as expected, after the BRDC booked a London hotel and invited the world’s media to turn up so they could hear the outcome of months of negotiations.

The Silverstone website has avoided triumphalist announcements, but it does carry the information so many people have been waiting for – how to buy tickets. You can get them here, and at the time of writing there’s a 20 per cent discount for early booking.

Despite earlier claims to the contrary from promoter Simon Gillett and his company’s administrator Donington Park is now definitively out of the picture as a Formula One venue for at least a decade. The hope now is that an investor will be found who will restore it to the excellent club and national circuit that it should be.

And now the fans who have faced months of uncertainty over whether or not they would be able to attend a top-flight motorsport event in this country next year finally have some answers.

We’ll continue to keep this post updated with the latest news so keep checking back. It’s grown to such a length it’s become a multi-part post – you can get the links to the earlier dates at the foot of the page, before the comments. And thanks for reading. If you spot anything we’ve missed please post it in the comments.

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Thursday December 10, 13:00: That’s all, folks. With the GP firmly settled at Silverstone and tickets selling like hot cakes, it’s finally time to bring this very long post to an end.

We’d like to thank everyone who has visited over the last few months and we very much hope we have persuaded you to keep reading. We’ll endeavour to keep the racing news coming through the off-season and we will be covering as many of the open-wheel series as we can manage from next spring.

Of course we will also be covering all the future twists and turns in the British GP saga. We’re especially interested in what the future holds for Donington Park, as we feel Britain needs all the racing circuits it can get, especially in the current climate of noise restrictions and when the venue is as good as Donington is/was.

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Whichever method you choose, we look forward to hearing your comments and feedback on the site in the future.

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Tuesday December 8, 11:00: Reaction to yesterday’s news centres mainly around people deconstructing the presumed details of the deal – Damon Hill has said he cannot publicly discuss them – and wondering how Silverstone is going to succeed in meeting Ecclestone’s terms. Here’s a selection:

  • Maurice Hamilton, writing in The Guardian, says that Silverstone will have to walk a financial tightrope if it is to make the deal work. He describes all the different factors that the management team is having to juggle, including an upgrade programme due to be completed by 2012, the need to balance income from gate receipts against the willingness of fans to fork out for tickets and he concludes: “It is a problem for Silverstone, not Ecclestone, who will be 96 if both he and the British grand prix are still around at the conclusion of the deal.” Read the full story here.
  • The Belfast Telegraph claims in its coverage that Silverstone’s five per cent escalator simply doesn’t add up. It feels that ticket prices have been pushed as high as they reasonably can be without fans simply deciding to stay at home, while the money is simply not there for corporate hospitality to fill the gap and a five per cent growth figure is unrealistic. It says: “Presumably the British Racing Drivers Club knows something about this country’s petrol heads that we don’t. Because in economic terms, it’s hard to see how it could otherwise sign up to the deal.” Read the full story here.
  • The Daily Mail reckons the circuit is set for around £100 million worth of investment as a result of the deal. It says: “The hosting fee will end up well in excess of £250million, which has to be largely recouped from ticket sales. It means that the BRDC will need to build on this year’s 320,000-strong crowd, which makes the British Grand Prix the country’s best-attended sports event after Wimbledon. The BRDC is adamant that ticket prices – currently over £100 for a three-day pass – will not rise ahead of inflation, although if grassy banks are replaced by proper grandstands the face value will reflect that. Costs will also be offset by the sale of land at Silverstone, which has planning permission for offices and light industry.” It adds: “‘We are going to put a harbour in, although it might have to be full of barges,’ joked Hill, referring to Silverstone’s proximity to canal networks rather than marinas.” It also has a nice photo of the last three British world champions together. Read the full story here.
  • The Northern Echo has some interesting quotes from Damon Hill, describing the balancing act the circuit has had to perform between its own interests, fans’ interests, industry interests and the financial requirements of Formula One Management. He says: “The BRDC and Silverstone are absolutely mindful of the effect of the British Grand Prix on the industry in this country. But, placed in a very difficult situation, they also had to think of their obligations to their property and their business… It’s very important to make clear Silverstone had to sign up to a deal which was manageable, and not something that was pie in the sky. It’s also a commitment and now we’re very committed to developing Silverstone and making big investments in the circuit.” Read the full story here.
  • There’s one person who doesn’t think Silverstone will struggle to meet the terms of the deal, or that ticket prices are set to rise to unreasonable levels. Want to take a guess? That’s riight – B Ecclestone Esq. He told The Express: “I got fed up with the whingeing and moaning. It has taken too long, but now Silverstone can get on with it for years to come and make a fortune. I didn’t have any special sentiment because it was Britain, but if people think I helped then that’s nice. I am happy, Silverstone is happy and we have a British GP for years to come unless they make a mess of it.” As the paper points out, his knighthood will be winging its way to him in December. Not. It also refers to something that was floating about a few weeks ago but has not been referred to for a while – the fact that the deal is likely underwritten by a foreign investor, very possibly from the Middle East. Read the full story here.
  • The lease on Donington Park is set to be sold within days, according to its administrator, who admits that Formula One is out of the picture there for at least 10 years. Read our separate story here.

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1400: The Telegraph, which was one of the most authoritative sources of information on the state of Donington’s finances during the whole GP saga, has an interesting piece on the future of the Derby circuit. It suggests that, while the F1 project was “disastrous” for Donington, it laid the groundwork for the long-term arrangement just signed by Silverstone. But its conclusions about the circuit’s future are depressing reading. Read the full piece here.

13:00: F1 journalist Will Buxton has some insight into the new circuit layout on his blog here. Basically, we are talking changes to accommodate MotoGP at Abbey and possibly also at Club. Another version of the map showing this is on the Silverstone website here. As Phillips said, this is still subject to FIA sign-off.

Meanwhile, Autosport has Ecclestone making some approving noises in what is clearly a pre-prepared statement, so little does it sound like his regular utterances. That’s good of him. Also, a Q&A with Damon Hill, in which he admits that he was doubtful about the future of the race.

And McLaren has also welcomed the decision, quoting both Whitmarsh and Hamilton – but not Button, who remains contracted to Brawn until the new year.

11.30: You can read our story on the subject here or buy your tickets here, complete with a 20 per cent “early bird” discount. There is a also a bit of confusion about exactly which circuit layout will be used. In Autosport Phillips talks of a new ‘Arena’ circuit and adds: “The FIA have been to see it, it has been submitted for homologation and we hope to be running on the ‘arena’ circuit next summer. If not we can run on the current circuit.”

Monday December 7, 10:30: And the deal is done. The British Grand Prix is to return to Silverstone for 17 years starting from 2010.

Announcing the move, Damon Hill said: “The title of Silverstone as home of motorsport has come true. It is a place for all motorsport. Everyone in the BRDC loves motorsport and we are looking forward to the MotoGP as well as the British Grand Prix.

“It is not easy to enter into a contract of this magnitude and you have to take on a lot of responsibility, but the BRDC wanted this relationship to continue.

“Everyone was well aware that the British GP is not just a sporting event, but it is dynamo of the industry in this country. Losing it would have been damaging and perhaps there would have been no coming back.”

He also said that the new pit and paddock work will begin after Christmas and it is hoped it will be finished for the 2011 race.

Coverage here:

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22:15: Here are a few stories giving a strong indication of what we might expect tomorrow:

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Sunday December 6, 11:00: A couple more articles this morning covering Monday’s planned press conference. The BBC is neutral on the topic of what we can expect, The Mail has made up its mind that the news is good:

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23.30: While Silverstone is (presumably) nailing down the final details on the deal that will hopefully sort out this long-running saga for good, Bernie Ecclestone – perhaps feeling he’s not getting enough attention while the focus is on the possibility of good news from Damon Hill on Monday – has taken the chance to stick the knife in again.

The Telegraph is carrying some unsourced quotes in which the F1 commercial rights holder says “Donington is gone” and he has no idea whether the BRDC will sign a contract. But if it doesn’t, the calendar is already over-full and will manage just fine without a race in Britain.

“If it is pulled from the calendar it is final. If it’s gone, it’s gone – the new circuits coming in would replace it naturally,” he is quoted as saying.

No pressure, Damon.

Saturday December 5, 10:00: The Silverstone press release may have given no indication either way about what’s coming on Monday – but that’s not stopped a wild burst of British GP enthusiasm from The Mail and The Mirror this morning. ITV F1 is a bit calmer:

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Friday December 4, 23:00: It is just possible that this epic post is not about to go to a sixth page [it did, in the end!] and that the endless saga of the British Grand Prix is finally coming to a conclusion.

At around 7pm Autosport’s Jon Noble tweeted: “Silverstone to hold press conference on Monday to discuss the British Grand Prix. Let’s hope it is good news.”

Subsequently Autosport and The Press Association reported that an outcome is expected after the weekend with a final round of talks on Monday morning followed by a press conference at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, featuring Richard Phillips and Damon Hill.

The circuit is not commenting either way, so we will just have to wait and see what’s going to be announced, unless someone gets chatty over the weekend. Although a word that keeps cropping up across the reports is “optimistic”.

But whether that’s from the circuit or more the work of the various journalists involved, we do not know. Autosport in particular is staying studiously neutral.

Here are links to the most recent coverage:

58 responses to “F1: Check here for latest news on the British Grand Prix”:

  1. mark turner Says:

    October 6th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Just an observation: Donington Park have removed their Web Cam. (Not that it ever worked anyway)

  2. mark turner Says:

    October 8th, 2009 at 9:35 am

    its back on but not working!

  3. Neil Salisbury Says:

    October 8th, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    I really do hope you’re right (about an announcement on Friday) because I do want the GP to go to Donington, but the pictures on the Sutton website have remarkable little activity going on. If they’re going to do this, I’d have thought the works would be swarming with workmen and equipment, not just a solitary excavator!

  4. LJH Says:

    October 8th, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Granted, Neil, but it’s the *timing* that is so interesting. Why has Donington chosen to call/let the photographers in at this moment in particular?

    We would guess either because the pics are going to be needed pretty quickly for PR purposes or as a firefighting exercise to prove that some work is going on.

    Only time will tell which…

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  9. Neil Salisbury Says:

    October 11th, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Just to say many thanks for running this site – thank goodness someone is communicating!! Us fans (in my case for over 40 years….) are fed up with this farce. I blame Bernie for a lot of it – he clearly did not do sufficient due diligence on Donington.

  10. LJH Says:

    October 11th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Gosh, Neil, you are making us blush now… We share your pain about the race. And thanks is equally due to everyone who reads.

  11. F1TailPipe Says:

    October 11th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Let’s hope for some good news tomorrow then!

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  13. mark turner Says:

    October 18th, 2009 at 6:24 am

    A member of the ten tenths forum reports: http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2563397#post2563397

    post number 1375 in which he says:

    “One of my friends/work colleagues managed to access Donington Park today, whilst visiting Donington GP Collection and even I was shocked by his findings and pictures, there is NO CONSTRUCTION GOING ON, NOTHING IS HAPPENING , AND THERE IS JUST ONE J C BALLS DIGGER ON-SITE AND A MR BALLS DUMPER! That is unbelievable and I’m now 100% confident … no Donigton GP was ever going to happen!”

    [This comment has been very slightly edited (see periods) to remove a potentially libellous statement - apologies, Mark, but we have to try to stick to the facts of what is happening and avoid speculation about Gillett's motives. We do appreciate the comment and the information, however.]

  14. salty Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Mark,
    you are quite right, Donington Park is like a ghost town. As a local business owner, this debacle has cost us thousands. we had a good business and have watched it deteriorate due to this shambles – F1. I wish things had been left alone. we have now lost the Moto GP and its looking like F1 won’t happen either. Does anyone are about the locals who rely on the track for revenue… The old saying “why mend something that isn’t broken springs to mind” A dedline, should be a eadline. Lets hope this is really the last one and things get resolved…….

  15. LJH Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Salty –

    We are truly sorry to hear how your business has been affected. Donington is a fantastic circuit that can deliver really superb racing. But when we’ve visited I’m sorry to say that the event organisation has rarely matched the on-track action. However, like a great many British motor racing fans, we really hope that when all this is over the circuit is in a position to get back to doing what it is good at – providing excellent club and national racing, combined with some higher-profile international events and bike racing.

    Not wanting to add to your pain, but Superleague Formula have managed to accidentally release a non-finalised calendar recently. It had pencilled in two British dates for 2010 – Brands and Silverstone. That’s despite launching the series at Donington in 2008 and returning this year. Still, to look on the bright side, it’s not really pulling in huge numbers of visitors yet.

    Hopefully you will get some resolution in the next few days and weeks.

  16. John Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    As someone close to this development I became aware this morning that funding via the bond issue had failed and that the main contractor was no longer involved. However, one possible ray of sunshine (if one can believe it) is that there maybe some private investors who are willing to take this foward?

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  18. Brian Says:

    October 22nd, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I feel truly sorry for the locals who, due to Mr Gilletts fool hardy beliefs that he could ever stage F1, have now lost one of the areas key revenue generating events.. MotoGP. With the current state of the circuit who’d bet against World Superbike also moving elsewhere for the coming seasons.
    What absolutely amazes me is that Simon Gillett has got this far after his previous dealings in motorsport have ended in failure, a fact that seems to be overlooked by so many.
    Take a look back thorugh his checkered past at the merry dance he ran councils and investors through in his failed ‘motorsport park’ venture in South Wales. That company which was entirely his idea was called “innovate motorsport’. That company morphed into one that smoozed the Wheatcroft family and developed the idea that the motorsport park could be Donington and surrounding land that would include a rally school run by Nicky Grist who was at that stage part of Innovate.
    Something that became painfully obvious with that company was that Simon Gillett had no funds to put into any business, he persistently over spent funds of his investors who at that point were Gareth Hockey and one other.
    That company folded but Gillett has smoke screened his exit in a way which has been described by many as not entirely true, if you get my meaning. Simon Gillett was innovate motorsport, despite what he has stated in the press. How on earth Gillett has re-appeared to now be DVLL is beyond me but if ever there was a salesman he is it. If ever there was a person who could ‘sell sand to the Arabs’ and ‘coal to a welsh miner’ he is that man. Almost beyond belief he’s talked his way into spending someone elses money yet again. I have the very, very unfortunate experience of once calling Gillett a friend but as with a long list of other friends and business contacts I would never wish to have anything to do with the man ever again.
    Sadly, despite my dealings with the man, he may have ruined F1 in the UK and i sincerely hope this not to be the case but nothing would give an increasing crowd of people more joy than seeing Simon Gillett fail. This time he’s chosen the most high profile of things to be involved in and hopefully his failure will be as big.
    I eagerly await tomorrows news from your superb site……

  19. Neil Salisbury Says:

    October 23rd, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    So our hopes for a British GP next year come down to the need for Bernie and Silverstone to do a deal, despite the historical enmity between them. Otherwise we have the possibility of having a British World Champion and a British World Constructors Champion but no British GP. That would be a total catastrophy. Damon has some valid points on behalf of Silverstone, so Bernie, please just do the deal asap.

  20. brian Says:

    October 25th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    The end is nigh for DVLL and Simon Gillett it seems and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy but sadly one of the best tracks (for bikes) is also now looking to be in serious doubt as a future race venue.

    I’ve won a few races around Donington (on 2 wheels) and love the place as a track and it would be a very sad day to see it disappear from the UK race scene as some are suggesting it may. I hope that the Wheatcrofts will be able to restore the track to a useable state once the running of the track reverts to them, which i’m sure it will.

    Mr Gillett [moderated] will, I imagine soon face a lawsuit from not just Bernie but also the Wheatcrofts who only held off their last one as there was the glimmer of hope the F1 bandwagon was rolling there way….. sadly they’re unlikely to recover monies from Gillett as he never had any but lets hope they get some from his partners to effect the repairs that Donington will require.

    Edited to remove a potentially libellous reference.

  21. Adie @ F1TailPipe.com Says:

    October 26th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Hmmm….

    So we go on still.

    The cynic in me sees Bernie buying Donnington, or the company that manages the circuit and promoting the race himself soon….

  22. John Says:

    October 29th, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I have heard this morning from a source close to the development (I must stress I don’t have first hand proof of this) that DVLL have gone into receivership. Can anyone else confirm this?

  23. LJH Says:

    October 29th, 2009 at 10:12 am

    No activity on its Companies House website entry – but it does take a bit of time for paperwork to be filed or uploaded so that means nothing at the moment.

    Either way, the company’s accounts are due to be filed in two days’ time and it will be very interesting to see if they are.

  24. SamT Says:

    October 30th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Listening to Bernie on the bbc he says its a better deal than anyone else so it is slightly understandable from his point of view.

  25. LJH Says:

    October 30th, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    And I don’t think many people are claiming either that Silverstone doesn’t need a facelift – hard seats, dodgy catering, being rained on, we all know its shortcomings. The argument’s not black and white, it’s not that Bernie doesn’t have arguments in his favour. It’s the balance of the whole thing – and the fact that we’ve heard all this many, many times in the last few years.

    Also we tend to come at this from the perspective of liking all kinds of motorsport and not just F1. Do we want to see Silverstone sign a contract that risks putting it out of business for the sake of one week a year, however great that week is? Do we want to miss out on all the other racing events that go on there year-round, just for the sake of F1?

    Your answer to that has to be personal – many F1 fans like F1 and little else. But me? No. With Donington’s future looking so dodgy, and Brands already operating with one hand tied behind its back thanks to noise restrictions I think we need Silverstone to thrive.

  26. F Brown Says:

    November 8th, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Apparently simon gillett is waiting for a call from Bernie on Tuesday to hopefully say that Donington is back on re F1. Gillett has the funds in place, apparently, with a little help from some very wealthy Arab contacts and Bernie knows this and wants to do a deal. Bernie does not want to go ahead with Silverstone.

  27. Caldicot Racer Says:

    November 9th, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Edited by moderator to remove a comment that is in violation of the site’s comment policy.

    You can read that policy here: http://www.britsonpole.com/about/our-comment-policy

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  28. mark turner Says:

    November 10th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I see that Moto GP has moved a couple of dates on its calendar. Silverstone is noe 20th June, 3 weeks before the proposed British GP. Co-incidence, or ensuring the best use of facilities for the 2 largest events?

  29. SamT Says:

    November 10th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    I would like to think so!

  30. LJH Says:

    November 11th, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    @MarkTurner and Sam T: the MotoGP date change seems to have been made to avoid a clash with another biking event. Details from MCN here:

    http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/TT–road-races/2009/November/nov1109-tt-and-silverstone-to-work-together/

  31. SamT Says:

    November 13th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    http://www.silverstone.co.uk/news/latest-news/Silverstone-unveil-new-experiential-driving-and-test-complex
    Possible f1 update?

  32. LJH Says:

    November 13th, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    It’s certainly interesting stuff but isn’t it purely for corporate clients and people who want to hire facilities, rather than racing?

    Even so, it’s good to see signs of health there!

  33. mark turner Says:

    November 17th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I find it interesting to note that all of the proposed racing events are taking place in the latter half of the year with the exception of a superbike meeting.

    31st July Superbikes, 11th Sep Superbikes, 18th Sep BTCC and 16th Oct GT/F3.

    The Download Festival always takes place outside of the circuit itself. It looks like promoters are playing safe and scrabbling to get the latest dates possible to ensure repairs and a rebuild takes place.

    It would be interesting to know if any clubs are planning meetings at Donington.

  34. LJH Says:

    November 17th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Indeed, Mark. It did strike us that the British GT event is about as late as you can get and still be within the bounds of the regular racing season. A touch of sensible pragmatism after so much impractical dreaming?

    Still, at least it suggests they aren’t out of business! Any scheduled dates have got to be a good thing, not only for what it says about the track itself but also the company still being in business.

  35. mark turner Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Purely wishful thinking on my part. When interviewed about Jenson joining Mclaren Lewis stated:

    Lewis: “I’m thrilled we’ll both be flying the flag for the United Kingdom. I’m already looking forward to Silverstone – it’ll be massive!”

    Only if it happen Lewis, lets hope Bernie is reading.

  36. John Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/news/Donington-Park-staff-meetings-circuit-s-financial-situation/article-1526311-detail/article.html

  37. LJH Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Brilliant – thanks very much for sharing this, we’ll add it to the post.

    We’ve been bit tied up this morning, what with Button to McLaren :D

  38. John Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Confirmation of what we expected to hear

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/8366581.stm

  39. John Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/homenews/Donington-Ventures-goes-administration/article-1526665-detail/article.html

  40. John Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    http://www.donington-park.co.uk/corporate/business-opportunities/business-news?news_id=1125

    Press release on the Donington Park Website

  41. Andy Says:

    November 18th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Cheers – we’re across it now, both of us hovering over the wires, researching at the Companies House website and so on. Just takes a bit of time to assess it, fit it in with the big picture and write something original. We’ll get there! Many thanks for pitching in.

  42. Neil Salisbury Says:

    November 19th, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Bernie must realise by now that the contract he signed with Donington has effectively bankrupted the company and it would be completely disastrous for motor sport in the UK if it did the same to Silverstone. So he must compromise, because if that were to happen – or he pulls the GP altogether – he will go down in history as the man who wrecked UK motorsport (not just F1) – and that’s not a good legacy………..

  43. SamT Says:

    November 23rd, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8374911.stm
    Silverstone ‘set to seal F1 deal’.

  44. LJH Says:

    November 23rd, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Good spot, thanks :D

  45. mark turner Says:

    November 24th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Very worried for the health of Mr Gillett.

    http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=352899&FS=F1

    He does appear to be (understandably) a little stressed.

  46. Neil Salisbury Says:

    November 25th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I’m waiting for the Tardis to touch down at Donington Park and the Doctor to fix everything by going back in time to change events. Perhaps that’s the Christmas Special?

    Full marks to Autosport for reporting the latest twists with a straight face.

  47. Sam Says:

    November 28th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/8383945.stm
    The Candain GP is confirmed (with £8.5m from the government) after a lot of negations. This might show just how long it takes, as they have been planning it since August.
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/auto/f1s-return-to-canada-will-be-at-bargain-price/article1249813/

  48. mark turner Says:

    December 3rd, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Okay, getting ready to honour my pledge! Credit card standing by. Get it sorted please guys!

  49. mark turner Says:

    December 4th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Jon Noble twitted:

    Silverstone to hold press conference on Monday to discuss the British Grand Prix. Let’s hope it is good news

  50. mark turner Says:

    December 4th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    sorry, meant to write: tweeted!!!

  51. mark turner Says:

    December 4th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2009/dec/04/british-grand-prix-silverstone-formula-one
    http://www.sportinglife.com/formula1/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=formula1/09/12/04/AUTO_Silverstone.html

    It looks like we WILL know for sure on Monday.

    What will we all talk about when this has been sorted!

  52. Andy Darley Says:

    December 4th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    > What will we all talk about when this has been sorted!

    Jense vs Lewis of course!

  53. LJ Hutchins Says:

    December 4th, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks, Mark :D

  54. mark turner Says:

    December 7th, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Sorted! 17 year deal

  55. mark turner Says:

    December 7th, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Tickets now on sale!

  56. teambwr Says:

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:23 am

    I wonder where Mr Simon Gillett is now and if, even now, he still believes in his flight of fancy.

    I sincerely hope that this is the very last we see of him in terms of UK motorsport.

    I’m intrigued to know what the future holds for the circuit he’s ruined because i distinctly remember an off the cuff comment he made to me years ago when all this kicked off, regarding housing on the site……

    Surely DVLL must soon pass from administration into liquidation and this time unlike the fancy footwork of last time Gillett should disappear to contemplate a rather big bankruptcy?

  57. mark turner Says:

    December 10th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Sniff, goodbye old friend.

  58. LJ Hutchins Says:

    December 10th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks very much for all your contributions. Let’s just hope the race proceeds smoothly from this point on.

 
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