Caution could be a good approach
It’s easy to share Lawrence Tomlinson’s concerns about a corporation wanting to get control of Silverstone.
You would have thought the Jaguar Land Rover group would be a good fit for the home of the British Grand Prix, but its motorsport heritage was apparently rather absent from its presentation to BRDC members last week. That makes one wonder how many motorsport people are left in the Tata Motors-owned organisation.
On the other hand, a cash injection for the BRDC would be most welcome. The club has done a great job in keeping Silverstone – and the British GP – alive in difficult circumstances in recent years and it is about time it got some help in the form of proper financial clout.
Ultimately, whether the deal is a good one or not may come down to the details – which we are not yet privy to. Most notably, how many racing and test days will be safeguarded, and how will the financial strain of hosting the British GP be borne.
With the Circuit of Wales initiative looking increasingly troubled ( see page 8), the British GP can only be held at Silverstone. Whatever happens, that must be protected.