Officials from Donnington have yet again missed another deadline set by Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. This is yet another deadline that has shown Simon Gillett’s inability to secure financing for the track modifications to host next year’s British Grand Prix.
Bernie expressed doubt and indicated that even if the money is delivered this weekend, there would not be enough time for the track to prepare for next year’s event. Traditionally held at Silverstone, the race looked set to move to the Leicestershire track. However, due to continued missed deadlines set by Bernie Ecclestone, it looks as though the race will be back where it belongs in Silverstone, THE legacy circuit on the F1 calendar. Bernie has indicated that a formal announcement may be made on Monday, so as Silverstone could start preparations for the event.
This is a huge loss for Donnington after all the plans and adjustments that were being made. The track was searching for financial backing that would allow their race track infrastructure to be changed completely to the necessary specifications required to hosting a Grand Prix. Time is not on their side and we will wait and see what Bernie’s final verdict is this week.
One Thought to “F1 – Donnington in Doubt”
If I were Silverstone, I would inform Bernie that he is more than welcome to rent the circuit out for the weekend and promote it himself. Burned bridges!
There will not be 19 races on the calendar next year. Korea, Canada and now GB have to be included on the list of races that may not happen.
It looks like Bernie has agreed to extend Donnington’s deadline by another 2 weeks.
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