Silverstone close to deal

SILVERSTONE&rsquo;S managing director insists a deal to stage the British Grand Prix for at least the next 10 years is on the brink of being clinched.<br /><br />Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has warned that any agreement to keep the race on the calendar must be done by 9 December, and Richard Phillips is confident it will be finalised sooner rather than later.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think there are any real stumbling blocks, we&rsquo;re going through the last details of the deal,&rdquo; said Phillips. <br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m pretty convinced that it will be run at Silverstone next year. You can come to high level agreements quickly, but the devil is in the detail. We&rsquo;re very, very close.&rdquo;<br /><br />The British Grand Prix will disappear from the F1 season indefinitely if Silverstone do not agree a deal, following the collapse of Donington&rsquo;s contract to stage the race.