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British Grand Prix to Remain at Silverstone

by F1Fan on December 8, 2009

After much posturing on Bernie Ecclestone’s part that 2010 Formula One season may not have a British Grand Prix, the two sides finally agreed terms on a new long term contract that could keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone for the next 17 years.

Commenting on the new agreement Bernie Ecclestone (FOM President), said:

“I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with Silverstone for the retention of the British Grand Prix. This will ensure that Great Britain will remain on the Formula One calendar for many years to come, which is something I have personally always wanted to see happen. The team at Silverstone already knows how to organise a good event, so now everyone can look forward to next summer at Silverstone.”

Damon Hill, President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) and owners of Silverstone Circuit, echoed Ecclestone’s comments stating:

“We are delighted that the long term future of the British Grand Prix has been secured and that Formula 1 will be remaining at Silverstone, its natural home in Great Britain, for at least the next 17 years. This long term contract will enable us to continue with our plans to develop Silverstone into a world class facility, bringing the venue into line with the very best sports facilities in the world for the benefit of all race goers, teams, drivers and fans.”

Hill went on to thank everyone for their support since the Donnington Park Circuit deal fell through and negotiations started to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone:

“On a personal note, I would like to thank the team at Silverstone, our board of the BRDC, the membership of the BRDC and those in the industry who have been unwavering in their support.”

“We have now secured the blue riband events in both two and four wheeled World Championships, and are looking forward to an exciting future.”

Silverstone hasn’t wasted any time, the marketing program is already in full swing and Tickets are available for sale. Autosport has reported that first day ticket sales have been extremely strong, I guess the chance of seeing two British World Champions, Button and Hamilton both driving for McLaren is going to really be a strong pull, who knows Silverstone could set another record this year and that would make everyone in Formula One very happy indeed.

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