Silverstone in talks with government
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.