The fate of the British GP was revealed yesterday as the race organisers confirmed that the event would remain at Silverstone as part of a 5 year deal.
Much to the delight of fans, drivers, teams and pundits, the short-term future of what would happen to the British GP, whether it would stay at Silverstone or move to a new venue, was confirmed after a press conference was announced ahead of the action-packed weekend of racing.
Playing host to the first ever F1 race in 1950, the fate of the British GP at Silverstone was undecided as the contract for the event as the organisers activated a break clause in it’s contract with F1 in 2017. This clause meant that this year’s race was to be the last in it’s current contract until a new one was drawn up.
After being the permanent home of the British GP to F1 since 1987, this new deal allows F1 to keep racing at Silverstone till at least 2024.
“We always have said that, if it to have a long-term future, our sport must preserve its historic venues and Silverstone and Great Britain represent the cradle of this sport, its starting point back in 1950.”
F1 Chairman, Chase Carey
Home to some of the best known corners on the F1 calendar such as: Abbey, Village, Copse, Hangar Straight and Stowe, Silverstone remains a favourite on the calendar and is looked forward too when the calendar is announced each season.
This year, the British fans will not only have one British driver to cheer for, but three. Rookies McLaren’s Lando Norris and Williams’s George Russell have made a huge impact so far this season and have impressed the paddock with their ability and their speed. They join Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, who leads the championship by 31 points, on the grid and all three will be hoping for an exciting race to entertain the home crowd.
The reaction to the news has been incredible. The thought that F1 would lose the British GP from the calendar completely had worried everyone in the F1 community and paddock. Many of the teams competing in F1 are based around the track and are only within 10-20 minutes of the legendary track. This news has been an uplift in spirits.
Qualifying for the British GP will take place on Saturday the 13th of July with the race being held the following day on Sunday the 14th of July. Make sure to visit the blog over the weekend to keep up-to-day with all the news, views and reports.