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Kamis, 11 Juni 2009

'Silverstone hasn't been approached'

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Thursday 11th June 2009

With talk of a breakaway Championship hanging in the air, Damon Hill has revealed that Silverstone has not be approached about the possibility of hosting a race.
Silverstone is holding its final British Grand Prix this season, with the Northamptonshire track having lost out to Donington Park after years of strife and criticism from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.

The track's loss of the Formula One race, though, could potential put it in the line to host a round of a breakaway series should the FOTA members not be accepted into next year's F1 World Championship and start their own racing league.

However, Hill, president of the British Racing Drivers' Club who own the Silverstone circuit, says as yet the topic has not come up.

"No, I don't know anything of the sort," he told Autosport when asked if talks had been held regarding Silverstone playing a role in a breakaway series.

"Clearly, it has occurred to everyone that there may be a need for venues if there is going to be another Championship.

"But we value our relationship with F1 since 1950 and we want that tradition to continue. But we're a business too so if something came along then clearly there would have to be discussion.

"From our point of view, the circuit has to survive so we might be placed in that position. But I'm a traditionalist. I believe in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and going back to 1950 that is the thing with the continuity to it."

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