Silverstone regrets GP axe, timing

(GMM) Silverstone, and race promoter the BRDC, reacted with disappointment to Friday's shock news that the British grand prix will move to Donington Park in 2010.

A spokesman expressed particular regret that F1's governing FIA, and chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, chose the opening day of this year's event to announce that the historic venue's days on the calendar are numbered.

"It is particularly disappointing to receive this information during the course of the British grand prix weekend, while we are celebrating 60 years of Silverstone and 80 years of the BRDC," he said.

He said the current promoters are "considering our position" amid "ongoing" negotiations with Ecclestone's company.

"We shall release a statement once the full facts of this announcement have been established with FOM and the FIA," the spokesman added.

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