Ecclestone admits concern over Silverstone
7 January 2017 – Bernie Ecclestone says he is "worried" that Silverstone could drop off the F1 calendar in the future, but reveals that there are "two other opportunities" for a British Grand Prix venue should such a situation arise.
A letter leaked on Thursday, written in the build-up to Christmas by John Grant, Chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the circuit, suggests Silverstone could drop the race after 2019.
Grant confirmed that the BRDC board is considering whether to exercise a break clause in its current contract, which runs until 2026, to drop the race after 2019, which must be triggered prior to the 2017 event.
Responding to the situation, Ecclestone told ITV News that Formula 1 will remain in Britain, but that he hopes Silverstone can address its current issues and remain on the calendar.
"We're not going to lose Formula 1 in Great Britain," he commented.
"Maybe there will have to be a year without it but normally we're going to be alright.
"We don't want to lose it at Silverstone, for sure, so we'll have to see exactly what's happening or what their problems are.
"They say they've been losing money, people don't understand why, the place is full [attendance figures], other countries don't have such big crowds as we have and don't have the same problems.
"It's also a bit of a pity our government doesn't help a little bit because it's good for England, good for business, good for everybody."
When pressed on whether Formula 1 had explored alternatives, Ecclestone replied: "In England we've got two other opportunities. Not circuits. Opportunities.
"I'm not going to say where it is. We'll see. We're not worried about losing Formula 1 in England, I'm worried about losing Formula 1 at Silverstone.
"We won't let them [the fans] down for sure.