Vettel: Little need for a UK city race

Date published: July 21 2019 - Jamie Woodhouse

Sebastian Vettel hopes for another big opportunity in the race after a turbo issue wrecked his German GP qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel is delighted that Silverstone will be staying on the Formula 1 calendar, but he doesn’t feel it needs supporting with a city race.

Formula 1 officials signed a deal with Silverstone to keep it as the home of the British Grand Prix until 2024, and a thrilling 2019 race gave the perfect justification.

It’s understood that the new deal included certain assurances to protect Silverstone if Formula 1 does add another British race to the calendar – an event around the streets of London is being discussed.

However, Vettel believes the British Grand Prix is fine where it is and that a city race in the UK isn’t needed.

“I’m happy with Silverstone, let’s put it that way,” Vettel told Autosport.

“I think it’s a great place. There’s no problem with putting a great show on here. There’s no problem getting a great crowd.

“It’s one of the best races we have. It’s a very fair crowd as well, even coming here as a German!

“I don’t think there’s a strong need to go into the cities. I don’t think there would be more people in the city than here.

“This is great. Every year I can remember more than 100,000 fans each weekend.

“[Silverstone] is the home of motor racing so we have to come here.

“I’m quite happy we stay and don’t try something fancy. I think it is a great track, every driver likes it.

“The fans come here every year in big amounts so there’s nothing wrong with it.

“I hope [Silverstone] negotiated a good deal and squeezed a lot out of Liberty.”

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