Motor racing: Brands lands the British Grand Prix
Friday 14 May 1999
Brands last hosted a Formula One event in 1986 and since then the race has been held at Silverstone. However, a recent power struggle appears to have resulted in victory for Brands' owner Nicola Foulston.
Silverstone have been under pressure to improve facilities and, despite considerable investment in recent seasons, it has not been able to keep pace with developments at other circuits.
Formula One's impresario, Bernie Ecclestone, has apparently lost patience with Silverstone and sanctioned Brands' plan for a pounds 18m revamp.
Foulston was prepared to take over Silverstone, such was her determination to win the British Grand Prix but it seems resistance from Silverstone's owners, the British Racing Drivers Club, has convinced Ecclestone the race should go to Brands.
Silverstone, which hosted the inaugural world championship race in 1950, has never been one of the more popular circuits. Its critics condemn it as flat and featureless, and even radical changes to the layout and contours failed to earn it popular acclaim.
Brands is blessed with a natural amphitheatre but Formula One has moved on a pace since that last race, in 1986 won by Nigel Mansell, and a huge construction operation will be required to bring it in line with current Formula One requirements.
Ecclestone has placed himself in a no-lose situation throughout the negotiations and Britain can console itself with long term security for its Grand Prix. Ecclestone has warned all circuit organisations that no Grand Prix venue is sacrosanct.
There is huge demand for races in Asia and Malaysia joins the calendar this season. Next year sees the return of the United States Grand Prix.
Restrictions on tobacco advertising have also put the squeeze on European venues and Brands' initiative will ensure the British Grand Prix survives the near future.
Foulston and Ecclestone will formally announce the venture today and render Silverstone's recent reorganisation plan redundant. Brands will presumably unveil a state of the art plan and meet Ecclestone's every demand.
Schumacher in control in Monaco, page 30
Latest in Sport
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger reveals Gunners are still in the market for defensive midfielder
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Risky business to think Balotelli can replace Suarez
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football
Paul Scholes: Manchester United need five experienced players who can turn round a desperate situation
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 3 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 James Foley beheading: Fox news presenter Megyn Kelly annoyed by Ferguson update during broadcast about murdered journalist
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
£25000 - £28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Generalist HR Administrator - Tunbri...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + 5 weeks holiday & benefits: Ashdown Group: Head of...
£21588 - £31566 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education ar...
£110 - £125 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Randstad Education are ur...