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Hill says British GP deal close

Damon Hill on Thursday sounded confident that Silverstone will host next July's British Grand Prix. In the wake of Donington's demise, negotiations between Silverstone and Bernie Ecclestone have been slow, as the deadline of next ...

Damon Hill on Thursday sounded confident that Silverstone will host next July's British Grand Prix.

In the wake of Donington's demise, negotiations between Silverstone and Bernie Ecclestone have been slow, as the deadline of next Wednesday's meeting of the F1 Commission looms.

A report by BBC Sport said it was rumoured earlier this week that a deal had finally been reached, but Hill - president of the track-owning BRDC - says that is not the case.

"It would be almost inconceivable for there not to be a British Grand Prix next year," said the 1996 world champion, "but until it is signed, there is always the possibility that will be the case."

The report said a broad agreement between Silverstone and F1 chief executive Ecclestone, who is currently on holiday, has been reached.

"We're down to the finer points, but they are crucial points," Hill confirmed.

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