Red Bull boss Christian Horner calls for Formula One to save Silverstone GP AND add London race to calendar

This weekend's British GP is the penultimate one in the circuit's contract and, while discussions with F1's owners, Liberty, are going well, no deal has yet been done.

Liberty are keen to host a race in the capital after the success of the London Live event in Trafalgar Square 12 months ago.

And Horner says he'd love to see both events put on the F1 calendar in the future.

He said: "Silverstone is the home of British motorsport and it is a great track.
"It appears as though the owners and Liberty are working closely together and talking more positively about engagement with the fans and what they can do to put on a better show.

"There is a desire within Liberty to see a street race in London and in an ideal world we would be fortunate enough to have both – retain the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and have a street race in London.

"From a personal point of view, Silverstone is the national home for the British Grand Prix.

"It would be great compliment it with another race on the calendar, even if it wasn't a permanent fixture.

"To have a one-off race in London would be phenomenal. With Liberty, a race in London is realistic.

"As we are seeing with their discussions with Miami, they are looking at different types of model for key markets.

"Why not have a race in London one year, a race in Paris one year, and you could come up with great venues.

"Taking Formula One to the people has proved to be extremely popular. Some of the best races that we have on the calendar are street races.

"A European Grand Prix, something like that, if the economics could work for Liberty, it would be fantastic."

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Meanwhile, Horner says he was shocked to see panicked Mercedes throw a senior member of staff 'under a bus' in the Austrian GP.

The flashpoint came when Merc's chief strategist, James Vowles, delivered a grovelling apology to Lewis Hamilton over the team's radio.

Vowles missed the opportunity to pit Hamilton during the race while his rivals took the advantage to do so.

It resulted in the defending world champion, who later retired, dropping from first place to fourth.

Vowles delivered a toe-curling message to Hamilton, saying: "Lewis, it's James. I have thrown away the win today, but you have the potential opportunity to get back up.

"I'm sorry. We still trust and believe in you."

While Vowles has the full back of Merc chief Toto Wolff, his opposite number at rivals Red Bull hailed the public apology as "bizarre".

He said: "It seems a fairly bizarre thing for somebody to feel they need to do, to throw themselves under the bus to motivate a driver to go from fourth back into the lead.

"Mercedes have got so used to being at the front, and any race that they have not been on the podium is disastrous.

"It becomes very easy to become complacent with that and then it is an adjustment, as went through from 2013 to 2014.

"It is always difficult without knowing the intricacies of other teams. One thing you have to do is win as a team and lose as a team.

"Our philosophy is collective responsibility rather than individual. There has to be accountability, but that is dealt with in the right environment behind closed doors and not in a public forum."

The 2018 British Grand Prix is at Silverstone on 5 – 8 July.  Tickets still available from £40 www.silverstone.co.uk/f1


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