The British Grand Prix has been hosted every year since 1948, at various circuits, including Brooklands, Aintree, Brands Hatch and until present, Silverstone. At the current time, the future of the Grand Prix remains in doubt as the British Racing Driver’s Club (BRDC) have triggered a clause in their contract with the FIA, meaning they are to cease hosting the Grand Prix at the end of 2019.
Hamilton shows some Patriotism!
Arguably, up there with Nigel Mansell, Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark and Graham Hill as one of the greatest British driver to ever grace the track, Lewis Hamilton has commented to show his support for Britain. The 3-time world champion, who, last time out, was victorious at the 2017 British Grand Prix, has come out to say that Britain should not only be fighting to save Silverstone as the main host circuit, but should also be campaigning for a second British Grand Prix.
He also claims that he has faith in Liberty Media, the owners of Formula 1, in being able to come to an arrangement with the BRDC to continue staging the iconic British GP, at arguably the UK’s most famous circuit. Many other drivers have also expressed their support for Silverstone to remain host, including Jolyon Palmer and Fernando Alonso.
What did he have to say?
Hamilton has recently come under attack from many British fans and media outlets on the build up to the British Grand Prix, due to his decision to miss the F1 Live event in London, just days before his home Grand Prix and in the capital of his home country. However, this show of support for his home country should get many of them back on side.
Hamilton started of with a bold statement about the UK’s motorsport pedigree. “I feel like this, the UK, is the home of motorsport as we’ve obviously got lots of teams here.”
He then went on to say, the reason for cancelling the GP cannot have anything to do with attendance. “You see the crowd that we have every Grand Prix. There’s no reason to not have a grand prix. I could understand if there was no-one turning up and it was costing a lot – but the fans save up and spend so much money on these weekends. I think it would be a real shame to lose it.”
He then went on to comment on the rest of world’s response to the loss of the iconic GP. “I don’t believe for a second that we will lose the British Grand Prix because the world would erupt, I think. The world of sport. I will do whatever I can to encourage them and make sure it does happen.”
He followed on by commenting on the possibility of using other circuits in the UK, with reference to the fact other countries have had multiple Grand Prix. “We do have a lot of great circuits in the UK, be great to be able to utilise this one and another one. We used to have two Grands Prix in Spain, the second one and the track wasn’t any good, so it would be kind of cool to use another great one here potentially.”
He could be referring to a large amount of UK circuits as potential hosts. Brands Hatch and Donington Park immediately spring to mind, as they have both previously hosted GPs in the past, especially Donington as they nearly took the Grand Prix from Silverstone back in 2009, even getting the contract initially, before having to back out due to funding. As well as those two circuits, a proposed street circuit in London is also heavily speculated as a potential host for the Grand Prix.
However, only time will tell what the future holds for the British Grand Prix. We can just hope we do not this iconic stage for motor racing.