UK Government Begin Talks to Save British GP

The UK government has reportedly initiated talks with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone for the saving of the British Grand Prix. The news came via the British newspaper The Guardian, which reported that Business Secretary Peter Mandelson personally contacted his 78-year old countryman earlier this week in order to find a solution to the British GP problem.

It's no news that Donington Park has little or close-to-zero chances of staging the British Grand Prix starting next year, as the circuit's leaseholder DVLL has recently been sued over unpaid rent dating back to September 2008. And just to make things even worse, no major investor has yet announced interest in providing the necessary funds for Donington Park development.

Under the circumstances, Ecclestone has urged the British government to step in and support the race out of their own pocket. If the F1 supremo had initially ruled out a potential return to Silverstone, he is now believed to be open to any suggestions in order to keep his home country on the Formula One radar.

A meeting had been due to take place for weeks but the business secretary made his first formal contact by telephone on Monday. The government has grown alarmed at Ecclestone's claims he will scrap the British grand prix if Donington fails to make the grade,” said the report from The Guardian newspaper.

As argued by Ecclestone himself, if Silverstone is able to make the necessary developments in order to continue hosting the British race, he'd have no problem with them returning to the Great Circle.

If they were to do what they should have done, and what we've been asking them to do for five years, we'd have to have a look at it. We've got nothing against Silverstone,” insisted Ecclestone, who has had several clashes with the British Racing Drivers Club (owners of the Silverstone circuit) in recent years.
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