Silverstone, the iconic British circuit, is on the verge of finalizing a new agreement that will ensure the prestigious British Grand Prix remains a staple on the Formula 1 calendar. As the provisional calendar for 2024 is set to be unveiled, speculation is mounting that Silverstone will secure its place as the host venue for years to come.
The significance of the British Grand Prix cannot be understated, with a rich history that dates back to the inaugural race in 1950. This historic event has witnessed countless memorable moments and iconic battles on its hallowed grounds, firmly establishing itself as a beloved fixture in the world of motorsport.
F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recognizes the enduring importance of the British Grand Prix and emphasizes the necessity of its presence in Formula 1. He has expressed his unwavering commitment to ensuring that Silverstone’s place on the calendar is secured, emphasizing that this legendary race must “always” be part of the sport’s heritage.
With negotiations underway and a new deal on the horizon, fans can eagerly anticipate the continuation of thrilling races and unforgettable moments at Silverstone, as the British Grand Prix remains an integral part of Formula 1’s storied history.
“Silverstone is a very important race,” he said. “Seven teams out of 10 are in the UK.
“The British tradition of motorsport is phenomenal and it has a special place in our calendar and it will always have it. We have a very strong relationship and we are looking towards an even longer term and to announce shortly, because it is normal for Formula 1 to be there.
“Silverstone is lucky because it is the only place that we cannot lose because of the British teams and the traditions,” added Domenicali.
“Removing Silverstone is not an option.”
The Italian also played down speculation that occasional rumours about a potential street race in London could endanger the traditional British GP site.
“Of course London is an incredible city but incredible cities also have incredible challenges to manage,” said Domenicali.
“In terms of an iconic view it would be amazing but realistically it would be very difficult. The complexity would be too big today for the dimension of F1 to consider such a project.”