Bernie's Brit GP warning

THE BRITISH Grand Prix will be dumped from the calendar indefinitely if a deal is not done by 9 December, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned.<br /><br />Donington&rsquo;s failure to raise funding to redevelop the circuit has left Silverstone as the most viable venue if the race is to be retained.<br /><br />But after weeks of uncertainty a deal is yet to be struck, and Ecclestone declared yesterday that time is running out. &ldquo;They had a contract in place that they could have signed if they&rsquo;d wanted to but they haven&rsquo;t. At the moment there is no British Grand Prix,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I think 9 December is when the <br />Formula One commission meet so that&rsquo;s when it will be taken off the calendar. If there&rsquo;s no contract in place there won&rsquo;t be a British Grand Prix.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ecclestone also expressed surprise at world champion Jenson Button&rsquo;s move to McLaren: &ldquo;I suppose he feels confident enough to take on Lewis Hamilton.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a bit of a task, that&rsquo;s all.&rdquo;

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