Donington Park gets the permit, will they also get the money ? Ron Dennis is not convinced


As expected North West Leicestershire District Council approved plans for a £100 million track revamp. The Donington Park boss Simon Gillet is confident his venue will host the 2010 British Grands Prix.

But will they also be able to come up with all the money required to complete the project on time ?

To come up with £100 million will not be easy in the current conditions althoug there are suggestions that Gillet might have secured the funding before the finacial crisis.

Many people doubted Gillet would be able to get all the permits on time given the way the system works in the UK. He managed, so perhaps he is the kind of person who simply gets things done.

Ron Dennis (speaking at the Autosport International Show) is not convinced:

“I applaud anyone coming into Grand Prix racing and bringing competition. But I really do struggle to understand how the economics of Donington will work. They have had a 25% swing in the dollar and the contract will be a dollar-based contract. It has got a massive investment into infrastructure. I don’t understand how we are going to get in and out of the place, although I can tell you I will be in a helicopter! But the reality is that I want successful grands prix and I am concerned that, as we go down this path, the economic model, especially in this climate, won’t work. And that could be to the detriment of us hosting a grand prix in this country.”

We will see. Donington Park and Simon Gillet have until September 2009 to convince Bernie Ecclestone.

4 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Jose ArellanoNo Gravatar says:

    this guy simon gillete sounds like a man with a plan.. i believe him. and i like his approach

  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    he sure does have a plan in hand. I am however not sure if his plan put together months and months ago calculated with the current financial situation …

  3. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    The funny thing is that projects like this can help stimulate an economy by adding jobs for construction and the commerce of the event itself. The problem is that F1 now appears to be on shaky ground itself, which elevates the risk of investment.

  4. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Projects like this definitely can help stimulate the economy. But in UK the governemnt refused to support Formula 1 financially, that was one of the reasons Silverstone ended up the way it ended up. Donington Park is a private project and most of the investors will look for returns on their money, creating new jobs and stimulating economy will not be their primary concern. And the money from private investors are hard to get these days … But I do have a respect for the drive, confidence and belief this guy Simon Gillet has.

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