The way forward for the British Grand Prix confronted main uncertainty in the direction of the tip of Ecclestone’s tenure as F1 boss however a breakthrough deal was struck with new homeowners Liberty Media to safe the race till 2024.
The 2019 British Grand Prix was because of the final after Silverstone ended its contract resulting from rising prices, however following two years of negotiations, the circuit and F1 bosses thrashed out phrases for a renewed deal.
Silverstone has undergone main renovations in recent times to enhance its services and is now flourishing because of F1’s new homeowners, in keeping with Pringle, who couldn’t resist aiming a dig at Ecclestone.
“It’s a given you’re going to promote out Sunday,” Pringle stated. “We received to promoting out Saturday a number of years in the past, and now Friday is all however gone as properly.
“That’s the place your revenue is. And when you don’t make revenue – Mr. Ecclestone – you can’t reinvest within the infrastructure.
“It’s creaking and groaning, Silverstone, as a result of the BRDC [British Racing Drivers’ Club] was unable to make a revenue out of the Grand Prix for 40 years.
“Now, I’m happy to say the homeowners of F1 take a smart view that it’s not of their curiosity to crush the promoter, and so they recognise the BRDC invests all of its a refund into the services.
“If we put in higher services we get a greater expertise of the followers, and if it’s higher for the followers, it’s higher for the championship all spherical, and everybody’s a winner.”
Push for British GP weekend to be prolonged
Amid the British Grand Prix’s growing reputation, Pringle confirmed Silverstone needs to increase the weekend right into a four-day occasion to present followers extra on-track motion.
Though the proposal wouldn’t have an effect on the Friday-Saturday-Sunday F1 format, some assist collection may very well be moved to Thursday to create a “competition” ambiance.
“We’re seeking to prolong the weekend,” Pringle stated.
“I’m working exhausting on Formulation 1. I imagine they should change the format of the weekend. They are saying: ‘Oh properly it’s the FIA [governing body], they’ve received to do the methods take a look at and stuff’ – properly, do them a day earlier.
“Let’s do some stuff on Thursday. There are lots of people who wish to come and see issues, and three days isn’t actually sufficient.
“Let’s make it that large, finest a part of per week’s competition. Individuals do flip up at Silverstone on a Tuesday and put the tent up, and that’s it, they’re in.”