Formula One’s original Grand prix circuit has renewed its contract to host the British Grand Prix for the next ten years. Silverstone hosted the first ever World Championship race on May 13th 1950. After sharing the British Grand Prix with Aintree and Brands Hatch during the next few decades, Silverstone has been a staple of the Formula 1 calendar since 1987.
At the announcement of the new deal F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said
“Silverstone is an iconic venue at the heart of F1 history and as it approaches its ninth decade hosting Grands Prix, the event continues to attract fans from around the world for fantastic racing on track and the amazing fan experience off it.”
With Silverstone’s F1 future looking more secure than ever the circuit’s custodians, the BDRC (British Racing Drivers Club) have promised further developments.
“This contractual security will provide a solid base for the further development of the venue as we continue to improve and transform the circuit into a year-round international motorsport and leisure destination” , says BRDC chairman Peter Digby.
With F1 chasing more celebrity infested street circuits this is surely welcome news to motor racing fans around the world.
- Matthew Harper