BRDC hits back at Bernie's criticism

British Racing Drivers' Club chairman Martin Brundle and president Jackie Stewart have bitten back at Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone's scathing attack on Silverstone circuit, claiming his comments were "predictable" and "unwarranted"

BRDC hits back at Bernie's criticism

In a joint statement issued by Silverstone's owners the BRDC today, Brundle and Stewart put their side of the story after Ecclestone alleged that they had squandered a cash injection into the circuit's facilities and "spent £14m on a car park" rather than building a new pits complex.

"The attack by Bernie Ecclestone on the efforts we and Octagon [Brands Hatch Circuits] are carrying out to improve Silverstone is totally unwarranted," they said. "In close consultation and approval with the FIA, Allsport and FOM [Formula One Management], we abandoned the original scheme for a pit complex in response to pressure from the FIA to get road access right and car parking vastly improved from the grand prix in 2002, which we achieved with considerable positive public and customer reaction.

"We don't hear such attacks on other circuits around the world, some of which Mr Ecclestone has an interest in. It is unfair in what Mr Ecclestone should regard as his home British Grand Prix at Silverstone that we face this predictable annual criticism. Mr Ecclestone received every piece of paperwork and information that was related to the money already spent out of the $60m contributed by BRDC/FOM/Octagon.

"He had every opportunity to comment or suggest other priorities - he chose not to. The money spent out of the $60m has not, contrary to Mr Ecclestone's statement, been to benefit of the Club and its members."

"The BRDC is determined to do all that it can, with private sector support, and hopefully public funding to turn Silverstone into a centre of excellence and one of the finest circuits for drivers and customers in the world, and to do that in constructive co-operation with the FIA, Allsport and FOM and not in public bickering."

shares
comments
Minardi to Run Comparative Test with Arrows Cars
Previous article

Minardi to Run Comparative Test with Arrows Cars

Next article

Alonso Goes Fastest at Jerez - Day Two

Alonso Goes Fastest at Jerez - Day Two
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022
Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir Plus

How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir

He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too

Formula 1
Aug 5, 2022