Brit GP: the aftermath

It wasn’t the most exciting of races, and it certainly wasn’t the result that the majority of Brit fans were hoping for, but a big love-in occurred over the weekend with the Silverstone circuit.

And the most unlikely man who hugged it out with the circuit owners and the British Racing Drivers Club was Mr Bernard Ecclestone.

“We’ve got an agreement with Donington as everyone knows, and I hope they can complete, [but] if they can’t for sure we’ll be back to Silverstone,” he said. Which is quite some turnaround.

“There’s been a big change with the BRDC, and they’ve got all these commercial people involved, and these people are prepared to do all the things that we want, and for the reason we left in the first place.”

What’s changed, we just don’t know, but it doesn’t look too positive for Donington.

Bernie’s got a lot on his plate at the moment, what with everyone expecting him to sort out the ruck between the FIA and FOTA.

You can see what he thinks about this when the BBC Sport team caught up with Bernie over the weekend.

(And have you noticed how many more words Eddie Jordon uses than he actually needs? Maybe he gets paid by the syllable…)

But if you’re fed up with the rumbling politics, then take heart with two ace documentaries that BBC Four screened on Saturday night, Graham Hill: Driven and Jim Clark: The Quiet Champion.

There’s a lovely piece in the Hill one where he has a garden party round his house and all his fellow F1 drivers turn up.

Can you imagine that happening now?

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What’s the point of a new circuit anyways? It’s a waste when we already have a wonderful track at Silverstone. And, the amount of problems with the Donnington track show it wasn’t thought through enough.

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I honestly believe that the race will be back at Silverstone next year, I don’t think Donnington will be ready in time.
Plus, why bring a new venue up to F1 standards when we’ve already got one at F1 standards? It makes no sense

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I thought Hill was remarkably polite when interviewed across from Mosely. There must have been a lot of temptation to say ‘You know what? We’ll always be the spiritual home of F1, we’ve been here for years, and we’ll BE here for year with or without your patronage, so you can tell your little poison dwarf mate from us that he can pack up his tent and sod off to Donington because we all know where any breakaway race series will be launched and it WON’T be there. Thanks for the aniversary present, btw..’

Donington is my local circuit and apart from the road network I couldn’t see much that needed to be changed about it for anything other than F1. I seriously hope they’ve got some tough contracts with the silver-topped anklebiter in place because the amount of cash they’ll need to pump into the local infrastructure in order for it to deal with the crowds is phenomenal. It must have given Bernie the Terrible serious heartburn when he saw the gate receipts on Sunday..

I wonder if it’s occurred to him that if the BRDC are doing things the way he’d do them, then they’re less likely to fall into line with his nonsense if he decides to do a u-turn?

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I’ve an idea to keep EVERYONE happy, why don’t they switch tracks on a yearly basis, Silverstone next year & Donington the year after & then Silverstone again. It makes perfect sense.

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I’d love it if they all had a garden party – a barbecue, some beer, finger food, it’d be so wierd, and so great!

Bowen, they are doing that in Japan – it’s Suzuka this year, Fuji next, etc., so that would definitely work.

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the points sistem is all wrong. there are 20 cars in the race so they the points should be apointed in reverse order, 1st=20points 2nd=19….20th=1. but they should only get the point(s) if they finish to give people have incentive to stay on the track and to make the champioship more competative.

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Donington is better than Silverstone, I hope its ready in time

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I love Silverstone and would hate to see the Grabd Prix leave there… I also love the Donington track. Which is why I don’t think they should have changed it in the first place!

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who cares where the GP is (if the break away series goes ahead).. will anyone actually watch it if this series dose go ahead… maybe Silverstone shoud go for the break away series instead.
its no ones fault, but I’m following Ferrari… Mr. Bernie Ecclestone. and of my friends, i do not know of any that will continue watchin F1 if there is no Ferrari, BMW, Red Bull, Brawn ect. in it

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owyeah Jamie, now you bring up Eddy Jordan. If forgot to mention him in my prevois post in “Vettel’s Win”.

Well I can be brief: BBC, please get rid of him! When? Yesterday!

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In my opinion DC and EJ make a great duo, really glad BBC is back on track with F1.

Hope Fota and Fia come to a solution. F1 has such an heritage, would be a shame. And Bernie should respect the venues like Silverstone and Imola and Montreal. No one (except maybe Japan) cares in Asia about this type of sport, it simply is a game of the old world.

Bring the wings in normal proportion, bring back the testing, bring back the V10s and V12s, fire Mosley and let’s go back RACING !!

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I’m still a Brands Hatch fan, although I realise F1 won’t go there. Not enough seats for the punters, for starters. Revenue is all there is these days.
But it’s a beautiful track.

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Kubica rządzi kurwa !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Such short memories we all have… I prefer EJ’s sporadic waffling to anything James Allen ever subjected me to for extended periods of a Sunday afternoon.

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As to Eddie Jordan, you should hear the Dutch reporter, Ediie Jordan is compared to him very, very intelligent, by the way, thank you BBC, thank you for giving us a commercial free broadcast, although Eddie is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but apart from that, thakn you BBC.

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I’d love to see a flowchart made of one of Eddie’s more rambling responses detailing what was going though his mind at each junction. We could then see how far removed the end of his monologue was from the start, and then for fun give those start and end points to a third party and ask them if they could twist their mind enough to join the dots..

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even though button finished 5th(i think) thats a brilliant result.last year that would have been his best finish

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What Donnington really need to do is increase the amount of entrances to the track, because when I went to see a BTCC Event, we couldn’t get in, because the motorway was jam packed full of cars trying to get there. However, if you look at Silverstone, they have lots of different entrances, o when we went to a BTCC Event there, we could get in without waiting for about 1 hour on th motorway. It’s Simple!

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