Weekend at Bernie’s decides Donington’s fate

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F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has given the Donington circuit this weekend to prove they have the funding needed to secure the British Grand Prix for 2010.

The original deadline was late September and then moved to October 3rd. It now seems that this weekend is the new date by which Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd’s CEO, Simon Gillett, has to prove to the funding is in place.

“The deadline is this weekend, and we will see what happens on Monday.” Ecclestone told the Press Association on Friday.

Ecclestone has said that F1 will be back at Silverstone should the Donington facility not be ready. As the BBC reports, there were 250,000 in attendance over this years race weekend making one wonder why they ever thought about moving it in the first place. Then you will come to your senses and realize that is was a political and monetary gambit that Ecclestone used to punish the BRDC and seek more cash from his home country for hosting a race.

Depending on how you look at it, this could be one of his bigger failures.

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