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by rushden_jim (U6672608) 04 July 2008
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First Imola, now Silverstone, soon to be Magny-cours after next year. How many more Historic Race will be lost before Bernie offically ruins F1 for ever!

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posted Jul 5, 2008

Again I think Bernie has done the right thing- he gave the very arrogant owner/managers of Silverstone enough warnings over the years. remeber the former RAC Club? and the BRDC should hang their heads in shame- they should have put their hands in their pockets. Much as I admire Sir Jackie Stewart why didn't he sort it - with all his coporate contacts ( & he is not short of money either) good kick up the backside for the pompus people that think they run motorsport in the UK.

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posted Jul 5, 2008

Re motorsportwise: I'm not sure about your thinking there. The BRDC knows a hell of a lot more about what everyone relating and watching the sport wants and needs than Ecclestone ever will. The guy is in it for the money, not for the good of the sport.

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posted Jul 5, 2008

comment by Super_Fin_SAFC (U6851899)

posted 25 Minutes Ago

Why move to an inferior track? Why not pump money into Silverstone and get it to a high standard.

Or, why not build a brand new circuit? Surely that will keep Bernie happy!


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simply because the BRDC and silvestone have been umming and ahhhrrring for years about pumping in the money needed, the owners of donnington are pumping in 100 million thats the difference, Silverston talked the talk but donnington walked the walk simple as.

Silverstone played chicken with bernie once too often and lost

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posted Jul 5, 2008

Bernie's statements on the Donington deal are complete rubbish.

I'm not aware of any widespread dissatisfaction with Silverstone among F1 teams or fans. All the driver comments I've hear are very positive in support of Silverstone. The suggestion that British motorsport needs Donington to put it "back on the map" is profoundly absurd. Motorsport in Britain is as popular as ever.

Who is Bernie to tell the government how to spend money? What kind of an incredibly arrogant person refers to himself as "supremo" as Bernie does on the Formula 1 web site? He's the President and CEO of Formula One Management plain and simple.

The bottom line here is money. Silverstone won't match the fee that other Formula 1 venues pay, and Donington will. It's not about the circuit facilities, team satisfaction or British motor racing prestige.

The timing of the announcement during the British Grand Prix weekend was in exceptionally bad taste. Why couldn't this have waited until Monday? This only goes to show that Bernie has no regard for the history and traditions of Formula 1. He only cares about money. That might be a little easier to swallow if he were at lease honest about it.

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posted Jul 5, 2008

Returning to the original post, neither Imola nor Magny Cours (especially) are classic Formula One circuits. Silverstone is, as it is the only remaining airfield circuit on the Formula One calendar. However. As a previous poster has said, the BRDC seems to have played chicken with the omnipotent Mr Ecclestone and lost.

So now we have Donnington and I for one am delighted. Not because we have lost Silverstone, but in the hope that the essential character of Donnington will be retained as it is a particularly challenging circuit with gradient changes, something lacking in the dreadful Hermann Tilke designs used nowadays.

But more than anything I am delighted for Tom Wheatcroft, a great character and a great man, who deserves to have his circuit as the home of the British Grand Prix for the next ten years.

Look on the bright side. The British Grand Prix could have ended up on a new Tilke-drome or as a street race around the London Docklands.

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posted Jul 5, 2008

Bring it on!
Silverstone garages are way behind most gp circuits. Magny cour historic??? THE worst garages of any f1 circuit including monaco! Silverstone is doomed without f1. No gp no moto gp etc...Silverstones owners are so stuck up they got what they deserved.

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posted Jul 6, 2008

Bernie, drop dead - literally, please!

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comment by kevin (U11012360)

posted Jul 6, 2008

sad to c silverstone go, anyone know how long the contract for don... is?

magny cours isnt too historical... glad to c that gone:) and cant wait for the spa grand prix

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posted Jul 6, 2008

Donny contract supposed to be for 10 years.

Would love to see French GP at Paul Ricard. Frances most bonkers track.

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posted Jul 8, 2008

Bernie has played a master stroke. He tried to buy Silverstone in the past and couldn't do the deal. He's always looking for a way to get one over on the BRDC and the British Grand Prix. He doesn't care if there is a British GP or not he just wants to make cash. He has priced Silverstone out of the market for the new British GP contract. Donington have called his bluff slightly and said they can do it. But everyone knows they will never be ready by 2010. Realistically they have 18 months from now to get everything finished. By the start of the 2010 season Bernie will have looked at the site still under construction, the list of missed construction deadlines, delays and other constuction problems and pull the GP saying "sorry guys I gave Britain a chance to host a GP and you failed". The announcement will likely come whilst he's shaking hands with some corrupt middle eastern or Russian chap with suitcases full of cash who wants a Grand Prix in his back garden.

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