The Formula 1 Group held back no words in slamming the British Racing Drivers Club, who run Silverstone, breaking its contract with Formula 1 following the 2019 British Grand Prix.
Silverstone announced its break this morning citing escalating costs of hosting the race, which they claim is not sustainable long-term for the track.
But the F1 Group decried the break as a selfish act to “posture and position themselves,” and that takes the eyes off this week’s British Grand Prix (times for the weekend here) and puts it on the politics of the race itself.
“The week leading up to the British Grand Prix should be a week of great celebration for F1 and Silverstone,” said the F1 Group statement.
“We deeply regret that Silverstone has chosen instead to use this week to posture and position themselves and invoke a break clause that will take effect in three years’ time.
“We offered to extend the current deadlines in order to focus on everything that is great about Silverstone and Formula 1.
“Regretfully the Silverstone management has chosen to look for a short-term advantage to benefit their position.
“Our focus is still to preserve the British Grand Prix. We will carry on negotiating with the promoter in good faith and in private to reach a fair and equitable solution.”