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Bernie Playing Hardball over British Grand Prix

by F1Fan on November 24, 2009

With only a couple of weeks to go to the FIA meeting deciding the final calendar for the 2010 F1 season, Bernie Ecclestone is up to his old tricks browbeating Silverstone’s Management with a “Take it or Leave it” position over the contract currently on offer by Bernie’s, Formula One Management (FOM) for Silverstone to host the British Grand Prix, now that Donnington has self destructed.

It seems ironic that the first time a British Formula 1 team, McLaren,  has fielded a team with two back to back British World Champion Drivers there may not even be British Grand Prix.

At this years British Grand Prix, the final Grand Prix planned to be hosted by Silverstone, the circuit set record attendance figures of over 310,000 fans for the three days of the race weekend. However even this record attendance did not get Bernie to rethink moving the Grand Prix from Silverstone to Donnington Park.

For some reason Bernie just doesn’t like Silverstone, even 310,000 paying fans in todays economy was not enough to save them from the axe. Why he wants to mess with a successful venue, especially given the low turn out at the Chinese and Turkish Grand Prix’s god only knows. China and Turkey could only just muster around 30,000 fans a piece. Friday practice at Silverstone packed in over 85,000 and qualifying followed that up with 105,000 on Saturday, culminating with over 120,000 attending the race itself.

So, common Bernie give the British Fans a break, get off your high horse, sit down and negotiate a contract that is good for both Formula 1 and the Circuit, who know next year’s attendance may be even better.

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