I’m not yet quite at the point where I wake in the middle of the night screaming that I’m being chased down a motorway by a JCB skip whose driver is shouting “BritIsh Grand Prix” and “Ecclestone” in the same breath, but I’m sure some people within the F1 community are already having palpitations at the very thought of it.
Yes, you’ve guessed. The F1 corporate juggernaut, having laid waste to Donington Park’s admittedly fanciful – some would say lunatic – idea to raise £135m to try and save their 17-year contract to run the British GP, is now lumbering south down the M1 towards the A43 junction.
You or I might have thought that the British Racing Drivers’ Club, the owners of Silverstone, now hold all the cards in this high stakes game of poker. But that’s not the way Bernie sees the privilege of staging a race which has already laid waste to both Donington’s existing circuit and bank balance.
“Silverstone have a contract in front of them,” said Bernie. “We’ve no commercial arrangement in place for a British Grand Prix next year (2010). That’s why the race has an asterisk beside it in the 2010 calendar.
“If they (the BRDC) can’t make it work, then don’t do it. If that happens there will not be a British Grand Prix, simple as that. We are not prepared to charge less. Do we need a British Grand Prix? No. I want a British Grand Prix, of course, but we are not going to do special rates for Britain.”
All this in a week that Ross Brawn and Jenson Button had almost cut a deal over the size of the new world champion’s 2010 retainer, with Ross confirming on Sunday he was “99 per cent certain” that Jenson would be staying on board next season.
Whether Jenson ends up racing in front of his home crowd as reigning title holder will depend on Mr E.
As most things usually do.