Williams writes plea to save British GP

Frank Williams has written a letter to Bernie Ecclestone to explain why he and other teams believe the British Grand Prix should stay on the F1 calendar. The commercial rights to the race are up for sale along with Octagon Motor Sport, which ...

Frank Williams has written a letter to Bernie Ecclestone to explain why he and other teams believe the British Grand Prix should stay on the F1 calendar. The commercial rights to the race are up for sale along with Octagon Motor Sport, which currently runs the event. There has been talk that the British GP may not exist after this year because so far no-one has picked up the rights to host the race.

Former F1 driver Martin Brundle, chairman of the British Racing Drivers Club which owns the Silverstone circuit, recently said he could see no solution in the immediate future as to what will happen to the British GP.

Williams thinks that Ecclestone will not want to lose the race as much as anyone else: "I wrote to Bernie and I hope that Bernie understands," he said, according to the BBC.

"He said he knew when he got the letter the strength of feeling that I believe there is among most of the teams based in Great Britain -- even though they're not all British-owned -- and among the fans. It's one of the homes of F1. I think Bernie is very sensitive to that. He's an Englishman himself."

Interpublic, the parent company of Octagon, is selling much of its interest in motor racing, including the British circuits of Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Snetterton.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Martin Brundle , Frank Williams , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Williams