Silverstone dropped from 2005 calendar

Silverstone dropped from 2005 calendar

There was bad news for the British Grand Prix on September 30th, as the 2005 provisional F1 calendar does not feature Silverstone. The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) had previously entered a bid to host the event for the next three years but...

There was bad news for the British Grand Prix on September 30th, as the 2005 provisional F1 calendar does not feature Silverstone. The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) had previously entered a bid to host the event for the next three years but it seems that Bernie Ecclestone has not accepted the offer.

Silverstone paddock area.
Photo by LAT Photographic.

BRDC President Jackie Stewart told BBC Radio: "Clearly the BRDC are very disappointed as we have been in discussion with Ecclestone and FOM. Frankly the economics at this level are uneconomic and we have gone as far as we can to try to sustain the Grand Prix in this country. It is a real disaster that this has happened."

The BRDC's bid to host the GP was below Ecclestone's demands -- Stewart said the shortfall was "comparatively small" but beyond the BRDC's means. He added that the British government was not willing to give financial help.

"Unlike any other governments, our government has made the decision they do not wish to do that," Stewart continued. "He (Ecclestone) wants money from us that we simply cannot afford."

"The BRDC cannot afford the British Grand Prix at any price. We believe the government should be involved in this as here we have the biggest sporting event in the country. At the moment the calendar is not going to include the British Grand Prix in 2005."

The 2005 calendar needs to be ratified by the World Motorsport Council meeting on October 13th. If Silverstone remains absent it will be the first time since the world championship began in 1950 -- at Silverstone -- that the British Grand Prix is absent.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jackie Stewart , Bernie Ecclestone