Back in April, I reflected on the loss of the British Grand Prix to Silverstone, the circuit that had hosted the race back in the year that Formula 1 was founded, 1950. I was never confident that Donington would shape up as an alternative, especially given the local road network’s difficulty coping with crowds smaller than could be expected at a Grand Prix.
So it came as no surprise when, at the end of September, the news came through that the Midlands circuit had been unable to raise the finance. Now, it seems that, even after Donington was given more time to come up with the goods, it has been unable to do so.
What now? The only realistic option is for Bernie Ecclestone to open talks with Damon Hill and his pals at the BRDC – and for the British Grand Prix to return home.