Mosley casts doubt on Silverstone

Mosley casts doubt on Silverstone

The continuing debate about the future of the British Grand Prix seems to have become almost as popular as the event itself. Recently, President of the British Racing Drivers' Club Martin Brundle appealed to former world champions Nigel Mansell...

The continuing debate about the future of the British Grand Prix seems to have become almost as popular as the event itself. Recently, President of the British Racing Drivers' Club Martin Brundle appealed to former world champions Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill to support the British GP and was met with indifference.

Jacques Villeneuve.
Photo by Nikki Reynolds.
Bernie Ecclestone is known to publicly bad-mouth Silverstone as a circuit not worthy of the prestige of a Grand Prix and now even FIA president Max Mosley is cautious in predicting the future of the event.

"It's too early to say," Mosley told BBC Radio when questioned of Silverstone's future. "All I can say is the problem is soluble. What I can't say is whether it will be solved."

Mosley shrugged off the suggestion that Silverstone had lenient treatment because he and Bernie Ecclestone are English and went so far as to say the circuit is a poor track compared to others.

"Silverstone was fairly well down the list of circuits worldwide and probably at the bottom of the list in Europe," said Mosley. "That is absolutely wrong for the leading motorsport country in the world."

"As the people who rent the circuit are paying enough money to allow the investment to do the work, it should be done. The government, and to some extent Silverstone, have solved the problem of the roads.

Despite the amount of money invested in upgrading the road system near the circuit, Mosley is still not content with the facilities: "Now they've got to sort the circuit out and then we'll have a facility of which we can be proud," he commented.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Nigel Mansell , Martin Brundle , Damon Hill , Bernie Ecclestone