Formula One commercial managing director Sean Bratches has hinted the British Grand Prix could move away from Silverstone. It has been the venue for the race in every year since 1987 but, as it stands, 2019 is set to be the final one in that sequence, as bosses of the track activated a break clause in the race’s contract last year.
There has been no public progress in the negotiations that would see the race remain at Silverstone, with Bratches hinting that F1 could be tempted to move the race to a different location, with venues like Brands Hatch having hosted the Grand Prix in the past.
“We’re a 68-year-old entity and the nature of grand prix racing is that it is dynamic,” Bratches was quoted as saying by Autosport.com. “Silverstone was the first grand prix, but we haven’t raced at Silverstone all those 68 years.
“The race has been held at Brands Hatch and other venues. Nothing is immutable in this sport in terms of where we race.”
Bratches did go on to admit that Formula One bosses would ideally like to keep the race at Silverstone given the history of the track, but ultimately it will come down to what makes the most business sense.
He added: “We do value certain races highly and we do what we can to preserve racing there, but we are a business.”