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F1 chasing "array of options" if Silverstone is axed

08-11-2018 18:29
by Bobby Vincent
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F1 chasing array of options if Silverstone is axed

Formula One is planning an "array of options" if Silverstone fail to agree a deal to stay on as a hosting track in the sport beyond 2019.

The British circuit has activated a break clause in its contract; which means a new contract must be negotiated for the British Grand Prix to stay there from 2020.

Sean Bratches dropped a major hint that Formula One races could be moving away from the iconic English track in the future.

F1 chief Chase Carey has made it clear that Silverstone needs to justify its place on the calendar for 2020, but did not reveal if they were looking to move away from Great Britain or just move tracks on the island.

"I think on ongoing negotiations and discussions, we've said in the past this is a sport that seems to like negotiating in public," Carey told Motorsport.com. "And I don't think that's the healthiest way to deal with things as partners. I don't think we want to provide a lot of inside the tent commentary on active discussions.

"We value the Silverstone race, but we've got to get to a place that works for us. And those discussions are ongoing. There are always other options. One of the things we make sure is that we are continuing to develop an array of options.

"We're in a fortunate place right now that we have more places that want to have races than we can race. And that's a good place to be. We'll continue to develop those options, and make sure we are able to make the best decisions for fans and for racing and for us as a business. All those things matter, and we're actively engaged."

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