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Featured Silverstone Secures New F1 Deal for British Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Paul Jeffrey, Jul 10, 2019 at 19:52.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Silverstone Contract Extension.jpg The Formula One British Grand Prix will continue at Silverstone for a further five years following completion of contract negotiations today.

    After much noise and counter statements from both the circuit and Liberty Media, Silverstone have today confirmed a contract extension to keep the British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit for a further five years - securing the future of the race until the conclusion of the 2024 season.

    Live Stream: Watch the British Grand Prix here

    Having been resurfaced in time for the British Grand Prix this coming weekend, and following the significant investment in the trackside facilities such as the new Silverstone Wing pit building, it was always on the cards that the longest standing track on the Grand Prix calendar would be renewed for a further stay as home to the British Grand Prix, and that deal has been confirmed earlier today in what is a very good news story for British fans of the sport.

    Back in 2017 the circuit took up their break clause in the existing British Grand Prix deal, looking to renegotiate with new owners Liberty Media on a more favourable arrangement than that which was agreed with former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

    However with the sports growing drive to move into new territories and the ever present threat of a race on the streets of London looming large in the background, the signing of a contract extension hasn't always been a secure as one would first believe.

    "We are really pleased to confirm that the British Grand Prix will stay on the calendar for at least the next five years, with the event remaining at its long-standing home, Silverstone circuit," said F1 CEO Chase Carey at a press conference announcement on Wednesday.​

    "We have always said that, if it is to have a long-term future, our sport must preserve its historic venues and Silverstone and Great Britain represent the cradle of this sport, its starting point back in 1950.

    "Today, Formula 1 is a global sport, held on five continents, watched by an audience of over 500 million fans around the world and our aim is to grow this number by bringing the sport we love to new countries, while also maintaining its roots: Silverstone and the British Grand Prix are an integral part of that vision."
    The 2020 British Grand Prix will mark the 70th anniversary of the first round of the Formula One World Championship back in 1950, and many of the current Grand Prix teams are located in and around the Silverstone Business Park area that surrounds the circuit.

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  2. Jimlaad43

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    Best news I could have read!
     
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  3. Pessio

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    I'm the only one who don't like Silverstone at all?
     
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  4. WallyTP

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    At all? Yes you are.
     
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  5. Fat-Alfie

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    No, you are not alone. While I am pleased that a race will be held in the UK rather than a 'new territory' with no interest in motor racing, it's a shame that it's being held at such a dull circuit :(
     
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  6. josap11

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    This is just amazing news. F1 belongs at Silverstone and Silverstone belongs on the F1 calendar.
     
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  7. Erimus Kamzel

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    I look forward to this event! Thanks Paul! :thumbsup:
     
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  9. FeltHat

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    i didnt like it for a long time but then i tried it with group 5, what a blast :D
     
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  10. callumjtc

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    I can't stand to drive it at all
     
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  11. gamer19

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    :confused:
    Is it only me or these "long term contracts" (with Silverstone) are being signed like ...every year or so !? wtf

    And for guys who don't like to drive on it...
    it actually has great flow once you get into the rhythm, with some truly amazing, historic, curves.
    That or it's too complicated for you. :D
     
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  12. Ghoults

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    Well find me a track that isn't fun in group 5 cars!
     
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  13. Kimmo Kokkonen

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    You are not alone, the new layout is a terrible, Damon Hill also doesn't like it either:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/f...one-revealed--exciting-blasts-Damon-Hill.html

    The old section of the track they removed was the best section, the track is completely ruined. I hate it so much! The nature of the track disappeared with new layout. The old one was super fun with F1 cars!!!
     
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  14. FeltHat

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    you got me there buddy
    Silverstone is one of those balanced track which doesnt heavily favor Zakspeed (we are talking raceroom here) and you can put up a good fight with other cars
     
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    Cadwell?
     
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  16. Jonathan Young

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    I used to hate it too but thrashing the Ferrari around Silverstone in ACC has been awesome.
     
  17. RobertGracie

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    Silverstone and F1 are eternally linked it was race number 0001 and it should never be removed from the calendar
     
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  18. Craig Dunkley

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    Being my home circuit ..(I live 5 minutes away) this is good news for me personally :thumbsup:
     
  19. Thang Nguyen

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    Very good news! Silverstone is an integral part of F1
     
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  20. Crash N. Burn

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    While this is great news, F1 is going to have huge problem soon in that two of the names that showed up in Jeffery Epstein's black book were:
    Flavio Briatore
    Bernie Ecclestone
    There's also a couple of retired F1 drivers. Wonder why?
     
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