Stefano Domenicali names the ‘only place’ that will always be on the F1 calendar

Sam Cooper
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali at the French Grand Prix. Paul Ricard, July 2022.

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali at the French Grand Prix. Paul Ricard, July 2022.

F1 president Stefano Domenicali believes Silverstone will always have a place on the calendar despite focus on the future of other historic tracks.

As Formula1 grows in popularity, more and more countries and promoters have been jostling to get their circuit added to the calendar.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix is the latest addition, joining the likes of Miami, Saudi Arabia and Qatar as recent arrivals onto the schedule, but there are reports that countries such as South Africa, South Korea and Colombia are all hopeful of securing a spot in the future.

At the moment, the maximum number of races is capped at 24 and that number has been scheduled for 2024 with teams and drivers agreeing that was already pushing the envelope but with others hopeful to be added, and importantly willing to pay for it, the future of some iconic tracks has been questioned.

In the past, historic tracks like Monaco and Spa would have seemed untouchable but in recent years, there has been an increased focus as to whether they will stay on the calendar.

But one famous track that is not going anyway is Silverstone in the UK with F1 president Domenicali describing it as “the only place” Formula 1 cannot afford to lose.

“Silverstone is a very important race,” he said. “Seven teams out of 10 are in the UK.

“The British tradition of motorsport is phenomenal and it has a special place in our calendar and it will always have it. We have a very strong relationship and we are looking towards an even longer term and to announce shortly, because it is normal for Formula 1 to be there.

“Silverstone is lucky because it is the only place that we cannot lose because of the British teams and the traditions,” added Domenicali.

“Removing Silverstone is not an option.”

Silverstone played host to the first ever F1 race in 1950 and after sharing hosting duties with Aintree and Brands Hatch, it became the permanent home of the British Grand Prix in 1987.

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Domenicali, who lives in London, described the city as “incredible” but one that would be too complex to host an F1 race.

“Of course London is an incredible city but incredible cities also have incredible challenges to manage,” said Domenicali.

“In terms of an iconic view it would be amazing but realistically it would be very difficult. The complexity would be too big today for the dimension of F1 to consider such a project.”

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