Donington Park has until the end of next week to put plans in place
24 September 2009

Donington Park chiefs have been given until the end of next week to get their British Grand Prix plans in order.

The deadline is later than the on eoriginally agreed with Bernie Ecclestone, but F1's promoter has agreed to extend his original cut-off point to give the track a final chance to prove it is ready to host the race.

Ecclestone told circuit chiefs last month that they had until the end of September to prove they had the funding in place to keep hold of the race, but he has now handed them a few extra days to sort things out.

However, Ecclestone conceeded was no nearer being able to say for sure that the race would go ahead as planned.

"I honestly don't know. I hope so, but I don't know," he said, when asked if the race would run at Donington. "Their problem is a financial one - it is them getting the money together. Everything was done and ready, and when this [financial] crisis arrived the banks pulled the plug on them."

Ecclestone said that the track had only a few more days to sort the situation out, with Silverstone still waiting in the wings to step in if Donington Park cannot press on with its redevelopment.

"It [the deadline] was the end of September, but I think we may extend it a bit," he said. "By two or three days. I think we have given them until 3 October."

Ecclestone also dismissed talk that if the event reverts to Silverstone it will be called the 'European' Grand Prix.

"It's in England? It will be the British GP," he said. "Why would you want to call it the European GP? People talk about the British GP having been at Silverstone for 100 years, so why should we change it?"

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24 September 2009

[quote Autocar]get their British Grand Prix plans in order.[/quote]

Silverston, unfortunately, often produces dull races. So giving Donington a chance we may actaully be entertained!

Bernie should concentrate on removing dull races and giving new tracks a chance. There's a few in North America which would produce excellent races, something to actually looking forward to.

The worst news in F1 recently, even worse than Renault being let off, was that Valencia has a new five year contract. That has to be the most boring race of all.

24 September 2009

Bernie has made billions from F1 - if there are financial issues they are within his power to overcome, and he has chosen not to.

24 September 2009

It's all to do with that dark stormy night many years ago when he was forcefully ejected out of the BRDC clubhouse........he's not moved on has he?

24 September 2009

Well plums OLD fruit,maybe you should put your cv in , you never now they might want anther despot!

Peter Cavellini.

24 September 2009

Do you think so Peter?

24 September 2009

" Symanski

The worst news in F1 recently, even worse than Renault being let off, was that Valencia has a new five year contract. That has to be the most boring race of all."

I agree with you : Valencia is 0!

Money money...

Ban the pit sopts, the radio and Valencia.

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