Silverstone can wait until December for 2010 GP date

The managing director of 2009 British Grand Prix venue Silverstone says the circuit is prepared to wait until December to know if it can also host the Formula One race mid next year. The event is technically scheduled to switch to Donington Park...

The managing director of 2009 British Grand Prix venue Silverstone says the circuit is prepared to wait until December to know if it can also host the Formula One race mid next year.

The event is technically scheduled to switch to Donington Park from 2010, but amid that venue's reported problems, Bernie Ecclestone has indicated Silverstone may remain on the schedule.

"They can't keep us holding on forever, but they can keep us holding on until December with the World (Motor Sport) Council meeting. That would be the latest," said Silverstone's Richard Phillips.

He is referring to the FIA summit when the 2010 calendar is due to be ratified.

"Normally the (provisional) calendar is released in June, but it hasn't appeared yet. We all know there is a lot of politics going on behind closed doors," Phillips added.

He admits the first step is to secure the British GP in 2010, but that the ultimate ambition is for a longer-term contract. Presently, Donington's contract is set to run through 2027.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone