F1 supremo confirms Donington Park won't host the British Grand Prix
29 October 2009

Formula One promoter Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed Donington's hopes of hosting the British Grand Prix next year are over.

Ahead of this weekend's inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Ecclestone confirmed that Donington's bosses had failed to raise the funds to complete its redevelopment plans.

"There's no Donington. They've missed the deadline which we kept extending for them," Ecclestone said.

"It's unfortunate for them, to be honest with you. It was the credit crunch that caused them to be in trouble because their intentions were good, that's for sure.

"It's bad for Tom (Wheatcroft) because he's been an old friend for a long time."

Ecclestone insisted he is still in talks with Silverstone to reach a deal for the 2010 race and suggested the ball was on the British track's court.

"We're talking. A deal can be done if they want to," he said, adding there were no differences of opinion over contract details.

"There isn't actually. As far as I'm concerned, no problems."

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29 October 2009

Oh how apt is the picture!!

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

29 October 2009

[quote TegTypeR]Oh how apt is the picture!![/quote]

Welcome to the REAL Bernie Ecclestone!

29 October 2009

[quote TegTypeR]

Oh how apt is the picture!!

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Don't get me wrong, I definitely don't like the man, but I also object to this picture being the main picture on the autocar homepage right now - given that this site can be accessed by anyone of any age I don't think its exactly setting the best example.

Also - is this picture a stock/gallery photo or was it actually taken when he was informing the press? If it is a stock/gallery photo from another time/event then it's obvious where autocar's bias lies. I have no issue with people tearing Ecclestone apart with reasoned argument, but this picture seems like a bit of a cheap shot.

29 October 2009

[quote crazyal]

[quote TegTypeR]Oh how apt is the picture!![/quote]

Welcome to the REAL Bernie Ecclestone!

[/quote]Agreed. All he thinks about is money, it's time the 'poisoned dwaf' retired

29 October 2009

I'm on Bernie's side here.

The British do not have a God-given right to host a Grand Prix, despite what Britons seem to think. Either put up or shut up.

There are plenty of countries in the world who would love to hold a GP and are prepared to pay for it, so why does the BRDC seem to think they should have it for tuppence?

29 October 2009

[quote disco.stu]There are plenty of countries in the world who would love to hold a GP and are prepared to pay for it[/quote]

Yes and most of the new GP's are pretty bloody boring. If we lose the likes of the British GP and gain more like Valencia, I and I'll bet many others will just switch off.

29 October 2009

[quote disco.stu]There are plenty of countries in the world who would love to hold a GP and are prepared to pay for it, so why does the BRDC seem to think they should have it for tuppence?[/quote]

Possibly because an awful lot of the teams are based in the UK. Possibly because there is no great support for F1 in many of the countries which can/would pay to hold an F1 race. Possibly because the list of F1 World Champions contains a lot of British names.

As for the tuppence issue, I believe that the BRDC usually loses a couple of million quid hosting at Silverstone, because the fee to Bernie Inc is so large. If Damon Hill & co hold their nerve, the boot could possibly be on the other foot.

29 October 2009

Have you heard about the word?

Where has all Japanese design went to?

29 October 2009

Bernie Ecclestone could of provided the funding to donnington he would not even know he had spent it from his billions

Bernie must be the greediest man in the world ,He will not support his own country even though he could,Why does he need all the money he does nothing with it.

29 October 2009

[quote CUP200]Bernie must be the greediest man in the world ,He will not support his own country even though he could,[/quote]

He's asking for £12 million to host the race with a 7% yearly increase.

On top of that

He takes the TV money

He takes the hospitality money

He takes the fees for the advertising hoardings around the tracks

There is only ticket revenue left, it's not viable for any track to make any profit, he bleeds them dry, like he did Hockenheim

He gives a discount to Monaco and Monza, no one else, all other countries have to go cap in hand to the government

It's pure greed, on behalf of CVC

The Formula One teams are not at all happy with it, and the FIA have washed their hands.

The FIA keep saying that its time to cut costs, when is Bernie going to cut his?

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