Formula 1 is working hard to ensure the British Grand Prix at Silverstone stays on the calendar with a long-term future, according to Ross Brawn.
Last year Silverstone’s owners — the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) — activated a break clause in its contract that makes 2019 the last edition of the British Grand Prix at the venue unless a new contract is agreed. Both Liberty Media and the BRDC have stated their desire to see the race continue, but so far no deal has been announced.
Reflecting on the success of this year’s event, which attracted over 100,000 spectators on Saturday and 140,000 on race day, F1’s managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn said that ensuring the track’s ongoing place on the calendar is a priority.
“Silverstone is a special event on the calendar and we want to do all we can to ensure it stays on the schedule for a long time,” he said. “We are working hard with the BRDC to try to reach an agreement that is satisfactory for both parties and we’re doing it methodically, sensibly and without fanfare.
“It’s always better to work out this kind of arrangement behind closed doors and away from sensational headlines. There’s still plenty of time to work things out without having to rush or to succumb to media pressure.
“The British Grand Prix is one of the four races that featured in the first year of the world championship back in 1950, and we want it to stay there for the long term, as this is one of the true homes of motorsport. When there will be something to announce, we will be the first to do so and the fans, the sport’s most important asset, will be the first to know.”
Silverstone has hosted the British Grand Prix continuously since 1987, having previously alternated with Brands Hatch, and prior to that, Aintree.