The promoters of the proposed British grand prix at Donington Park may have pledged to invest £100m to bring the Derbyshire circuit up-to-date, but those who recall the facilities available when the 1993 European Grand Prix was staged there in bitterly cold conditions will appreciate just how much work needs to be done.

Senna1 Ayrton Senna memorably won that race in champion style, but the paddock facilities looked like something out of a Club meeting at Snetterton, with gravel strewn in all directions.

Thankfully, the appalling weather and the fact that it was Easter day ensured that only around 25,000 fans braved the elements to savour the spectacle.

Everybody in the business was happy that the track's popular owner Tom Wheatcroft escaped with his shirt, but there was no question of his risking a financially ruinous repeat performance.

The pits were cramped, their bare bricked walls in dire need of a lick of paint and the track was too short and narrow by today's stringent safety standards.

At a time when Silverstone was looking to invest around £30m to upgrade its facilities in a bid to secure the Grand Prix, the feeling is that Donington will need more than just a huge cash injection if it is to become the state-of-the-art circuit it needs to be in 24 months.