Tom Wheatcroft was a tough old customer, but one can only hope that, during his final days, nobody showed him any photographs of the muddy building site which is now his beloved Donington Park.

It's never likely to be finished now Simon Gillett’s plans to stage the British Grand Prix have been consigned to the history books.

Tom Wheatcroft remembered It’s now virtually certain that Silverstone will negotiate a long-term contract to retain Britain’s round of the world championship and the F1 cavalcade will move on; today Abu Dhabi, tomorrow possibly South Korea, next week Red Square, or Parliament square, come to that.

But what precisely happens to Donington Park next?  There’s no point in finishing its update to state-of-the-art F1 specification as there is no Grand Prix coming down the road.  But on the other hand, it’s not fit for purpose as it stands at the present moment.