Donington was always doomed to fail, says Palmer
30 March 2010 – Ex Formula 1 driver and head of MotorSport Vision Jonathan Palmer is sad to admit that the Donington Park F1 project never looked likely to be a success. Owner of several British circuits himself, the Englishman fails to see a bright side regarding the Leicestershire track, which has been left in a state of much disrepair.
"Donington Park is a very sad situation, I must say," Palmer said to Crash.net. "The promises that were made by Simon Gillett looked hugely ambitious to everybody and, of course, they weren't realised - it was always doomed to fail.
"I thought the chances of him being able to raise the money were very, very slight; there was promise after promise but none of them looked very likely and I don't think many people really believed that it was going to happen - it just occupied a lot of time and, clearly, some were taken in by it all."
"It's doable but it's difficult to see where the upside, commercially, is really going to come from now; they obviously don't have Formula 1, not that I think that's a big problem, but now they haven't got MotoGP anymore either. If I said to someone, 'Are you interested in buying a Ferrari?' they would say, 'Yes, great - if I can buy a Ferrari for £1,000, I'll have one'; that's the great issue, really - what the value is."