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Silverstone Gets Silver Lining

SILVERSTONE will host the 2010 British Grand Prix if Donington Park is not ready in time, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone said yesterday.

Ecclestone has said previously the race would not continue at Silverstone and could skip a year if the Donington upgrade was not completed.

"We've got an agreement with Donington, as everybody knows," he told the BBC. "I hope they can complete the agreement and I hope they can do all the things they are supposed to do. If they can't, for sure we will back to Silverstone."

Flags in tribute to Silverstone lined the grandstand yesterday ahead of today's race which could mark the end of 60 years of motor racing at the former World War II airfield.

Ecclestone's change of stance comes after what he said was a more constructive attitude from the Silverstone circuit owner, the British Racing Drivers' Club.

"Now there has been a big change with the BRDC and they've got more commercial people involved, and these people are prepared to do all the things that we want," he added.

Donington, which last hosted the 1993 European Grand Prix, requires considerable renovation both to its circuit and road access.

Circuit Chief Executive Simon Gillett has said repeatedly that he is confident about all aspects of the project.


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