Damon Hill says that Silverstone are ready to step back into the arena and run the British Grand Prix next year if Donington Park fail to fulfil their contract to take it over from 2010.
Speaking yesterday as the circuit prepares to stage the race for the last time next weekend, and ahead of the FIA's announcement of entries for next year's FIA Formula One World Championship, the former world champion and president of the British Racing Drivers Club which own the circuit, said: "As far as Donington is concerned, we are watching developments unfold. The BRDC are very concerned that Britain retains its grand prix, and that concern began to grow last year when Donington's tenure of the race was first announced. We are very uncertain that it is a doable thing. We clearly think that Silverstone is an acceptable venue to host a grand prix.
"There have been no discussions about Silverstone holding a rebel race, but there have been plenty of thoughts about it." Hill, however, believes little would be achieved by upsetting the status quo. "Formula One is a brand with continuity run by the FIA and nobody wants to break that tradition."
FIA president Max Mosley will announce tomorrow which teams have been granted entries to the 2010 championship. He is expected to accept Williams and Force India, plus Ferrari and McLaren, but possibly to exclude manufacturers such as Toyota, BMW and Renault in favour of some new teams.