Silverstone in talks with gov­ern­ment

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - Sport -

Silverstone is in talks with the gov­ern­ment about sav­ing the Bri­tish Grand Prix, ac­cord­ing to Bri­tish Racing Driv­ers’ Club pres­i­dent Derek War­wick. The fu­ture of the his­toric sport­ing event – a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the For­mula One cal­en­dar since its in­cep­tion in 1950 – was re­cently thrown into doubt af­ter the BRDC, owner of the Northamp­ton­shire cir­cuit, sug­gested it may ac­ti­vate a break clause to cease grand prix racing there be­yond 2019.

Silverstone agreed a 17-year deal to stage the Bri­tish Grand Prix from 2010, but strug­gling to af­ford the race fee paid to For­mula One Man­age­ment Group, of which Bernie Ec­cle­stone is the chief ex­ec­u­tive. Un­like sev­eral other cir­cuits on the For­mula One cal­en­dar, Silverstone re­ceives no gov­ern­ment back­ing. But War­wick be­lieves the gov­ern­ment, For­mula One’s new Amer­i­can own­ers Lib­erty Me­dia, or in­deed Ec­cle­stone, 86, could be pre­pared to bro­ker a deal to safe­guard the Bri­tish Grand Prix.

“It is not widely known, but we are talk­ing to the gov­ern­ment to see if there is any help there,” said War­wick yes­ter­day. is

Al­lardyce gets Schlupp

Crys­tal Palace have signed de­fender Jef­frey Schlupp from Le­ices­ter on a fourand-a-half year deal.

The Ger­man-born Ghana de­fender leaves the Premier League cham­pi­ons to join the Ea­gles’ rel­e­ga­tion fight in a £12mil­lion trans­fer and is the first ma­jor sign­ing for new Palace man­ager Sam Al­lardyce.

Evans out for Bag­gies

Jonny Evans re­mains out for West Brom’s trip to meet Tot­ten­ham at White Hart Lane to­day as he con­tin­ues to strug­gle with a calf prob­lem. The de­fender missed Al­bion’s 2-0 FA Cup de­feat by Derby af­ter com­ing off in their 31 Premier League win against Hull this month.

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