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British Grand Prix to be remain at Silverstone

The oldest F1 race was scheduled to move to Donington Park beginning in 2010. From AP-

The British Grand Prix will stay at Silverstone after Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone and the track’s owners agreed to a 17-year deal on Monday.

Donington Park was stripped of the right to host next year’s British GP after efforts to raise funds for a necessary upgrade failed and the race had been in doubt.
Donington was awarded the 17-year staging rights last year but Donington Ventures Leisure Limited failed to find buyers for seven-year bonds that it hoped would generate $221 million to fund rebuilding work to bring the track up to standard.

Silverstone has staged the British GP, the oldest race on the F1 calendar, every year since 1987 and continued to plan for the 2010 race even after Donington secured the rights.

Now Silverstone will undergo improvements in preparation for next year’s race. The 2009 edition of the British GP was won by Sebastian Vettel

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