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F1 hints at move from Silverstone

07-11-2018 17:00
by Bobby Vincent
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F1 hints at move from Silverstone

Formula One's commercial managing director Sean Bratches has hinted at a possible move away from Silverstone.

Last year, Silverstone bosses activated a break clause in the race's contract - meaning that the 2019 race will be its last in the current deal.

There have been no leaks of negotiations over a new contract, either.

F1's owners, Liberty Media have insisted that they want to keep historic and iconic tracks, like Silverstone. However, with the speculation over the Miami Grand Prix and today's announcement regarding a race in Vietnam, something has to give. And a track has to go.

Bratches was questioned ahead of the Brazil Grand Prix about the potential move to a street track for historic races like Britain or Italy.

"We're a 68-year-old entity and the nature of grand prix racing is that it is dynamic," Bratches replied to Autosport. "Silverstone was the first grand prix, but we haven't raced at Silverstone all those 68 years.

"The race has been held at Brands Hatch and other venues. Nothing is immutable in this sport in terms of where we race. We do value certain races highly and do what we can to preserve racing there, but we are a business.

"We are a public company and we have a lot of stakeholders and shareholders and we're trying to marry what's best for fans with running a successful business."

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Apex Zulu +53 07-11-2018 20:32
To lose Silverstone after the amount of incredible races we've had recently is not what the sports needs right now. Silverstone is a Formula 1 track first and foremost. So what's next to be chopped off of the calendar in favor of garbage tracks like Vietnam? Are we just supposed to say please and thank you while we lose more historic tracks like Monza and Spa?

Does anyone even remember the Korean GP? Races held in third world countries are not sustainable as the track will only be used once a year at best.

As much as I don't want to admit this Bernie was right in his statement about the new management aligning Formula One with Street Party races. This is a sad time in F1.

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