Speculation that the race may be dropped from the F1 calender when it was announced that Donington Park owner Tom Wheatcroft is taking legal action against the track's leaseholders for unpaid rent. He also wants the lease declared void.
Bernie Ecclestone thinks it will be a 'disgrace' if the British government does not step in to ensure that the British Grand Prix is not dropped from the Formula 1 calendar.
Being a big Formula One fan myself I lean towards the position that the Government should ensure the sport remains in Britain. A number of the high profile teams, including current championship leaders Brawn GP are based in the United Kingdom. These teams employ hundreds of staff, especially in Northamptonshire. This is not to mention the component suppliers and the international prestige from being a technological base.
The Government spends billions supporting other spots, not to mention the investment in the 2012 olympics. Why should Formula One be any different?
Bernie Ecclestone stated that "It's a disgrace that the British government don't step in to help. They are throwing billions at the London Olympics. They could do what is needed to save the race by putting in a fraction of it - 0.002 per cent."
Even World championship leader Jenson Button has expressed his unhappiness at the situation."As a British driver, and motorsport is very British, it would be very disappointing not to race in my home country," he said. "I don't live in the UK, I live in Monaco, but I'm very British and very patriotic and it would be a disaster.