The FIA has announced that from 2010 the British GP will move to Donington Park. It’s a return to the East Midlands circuit after 17 years, which last hosted the Grand Prix of Europe in 1993.
To bring the circuit up to scratch for the Formula One crowd Donington Park has announced it will commence a 5-year, £100m investment programme. This is expected to inclued a lengthening of the circuit and a new pitlane.
Commenting on the plans FIA president Max Mosley said: ‘We understand that the development programme planned for Donington will achieve the very high standards we and FOM expect from a modern F1 circuit. Finally, British Formula One fans will get the Grand Prix venue they deserve.’
The announcement is a blow for the Silverstone circuit, especially as tickets for this Sunday’s race have been sold out for months. Mosley commented: ‘After many years of patient but fruitless negotiation with the BRDC, we are delighted that Bernie has nevertheless been able to ensure that the British Grand Prix will keep its place on the Formula One World Championship calendar.
Speaking after the deal was signed Bernie Ecclestone blamed the British government for Silverstone’s loss. ‘I believe that the government should have supported them [Silvertone and the BRDC] which would have cost probably less than .002% of the government’s commitment for the Olympic Games.’ A private investor will lead the investment for Donington Park’s redevelopment.
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