Donnington Home of British GP?

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With all the talk, make that threats, regarding Silverstone’s possible departure from the F1 calendar; it appears Donnington has come tot he forefront.  Any Brit’s care to weigh in on the idea?

Donington Park, the scene of Ayrton Senna’s legendary victory in 1993, could be stepping up a bid to become the new home of the British Formula One Grand Prix from 2011.

Amid news that talks between Bernie Ecclestone and Silverstone executives are not going well, the British newspaper Sunday Mirror reports that Donington, located about an hour’s drive from the current British Grand Prix venue, may be positioning to poach the Formula One race.

The newspaper, lauding the Leicestershire circuit’s “motorway links and ease of access”, said talks “are under way between local landowners” and a “highly placed” figure of the Grand Prix world.

It emerged last year that Donington was to develop the site further following the recent renovations for its round of the MotoGP series.

“As for F1, we’re not ruling anything out or in,” leaseholder Simon Gillett was quoted as saying then.

“We will talk to anyone, anything is possible for three years’ time,” he added.

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Paul
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My hunch would be it won’t happen, though I might like to see a change, I’m not fond of Silverstone despite it’s history.

Who knows, I’ve not been following what changes they have planned or their finances but I don’t think Donnington would be able to finance the changes that would be required.

The quotes sound almost whimsical.

I should probably hope not in fact, I like the place. We don’t need another track changed beyond all recognition for F1.

They should move it to um I dunno, brands but also leave that track alone too.

raithrover
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raithrover

A good option would be do follow Japan’s example and rotate the circuit. Between Donnington and Silverstone, maybe even Brands Hatch. I think that would be good if agreements could be reached. Shame Knockhill isn’t up to scratch!

Negative Camber
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That way they could take the sanctioning fee and divide it by three. Over here, we always here that it is hard to get in and out of Silverstone. I am assuming Brands and Donnington are easier to get to?

Kropotkin
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It is very unlikely to happen. The facilities at Donington (even after the updated of two? years ago) are, shall we say, primitive. The MotoGP teams complain about it, I have no idea what the F1 boys would say. Unless Bernie decides that garden sheds are good enough for the likes of Ferrari to work on their cars in, I can’t imagine them going there. It’s also rather ironic as rumors abound in MotoGP that Donington could be dropped in favor of Silverstone, which would be a tragedy, in my opinion, as Silverstone is a pretty dull track, whereas Donington… Read more »

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Lady Snowcat

They are expecting huge crowds for the MotoGP this year because of JT…

This will be the first MotoGP track that he actually knows so there will be great expectations…

It’ll test the Donnington logistics….

I bet Bernie does have talks with competitors as it’ll help keep Silverstone up to the mark…

Combes
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Combes

To be honest… I was at Formula Renault in 2007… it took 4 hours to leave Donnington car park. But the facilities were reasonable. Having been at Formula Audi in 2008 (again – at Donnington) the facilities on site are really REALLY in quite desperate need of rennovation for any event, nevermind a Formula 1 event… nevermind the appalling parking situation. That said, I’d love to see F1 come to Donnington. I live about an hour from the place… I could justify going there for the day for F1… where as, going to Silverstone for 1 day – that’s a… Read more »

Negative Camber
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A wingless spitfire is tragic! that plane save Britain for crying out loud! :)

I think it would take serious money to update the track and I am not sure the owners have that kind of capital.

Combes
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Combes

The spitfire has been there for decades… my dad remembers it being there when he used to race there (30 years ago?).. when I was there in 2007, it had both wings, and looked brilliant… by 2008 though, it was wingless.

It just summarizes the degradation of the circuits facilities. They can’t maintain something that’s been there for THAT long, and that is iconic imagery from the circuit…

Paul
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Wow it’s got it from 2010, pretty shocked that it;s going to happen to be honest. – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/7489662.stm

Not sure I’m happy either because they will likely ruin the Donington circuit.

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Andy

Good news they’ve secured the race in the UK and it’s more central so a lot more accessable for all the fans in the North. Bad news it could lead to the ruining of one of the UK’s best tracks, particularly if they let Mr Tilke lose on it! I don’t think I like one track he’s created or re developed yet. I hope with the space that’s available they create an additional loop so the rest of the circuit is left untouched. Also concerned about their ability to raise the money and bearing in mind the length of time… Read more »

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garden sheds can provide comfort specially in the hot summer months ,-.

Megan Ally
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