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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 June 2006, 12:56 GMT 13:56 UK
Ecclestone keen to work with Hill
Hill (left) and Ecclestone (right) could sort out the future of the British Grand Prix
Damon Hill (left) and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone (right)
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says he hopes Damon Hill can help bring about the changes needed to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The future of the race beyond 2009 is not yet secure but he hopes new British Racing Drivers' Club president Hill can add impetus to track development plans.

"We'll try and change it but it has not changed yet. I can deal with Damon easy - we'll see what happens," he said.

"They have got a new board of people now so maybe they will do something."

Ecclestone has long been a critic of the circuit's facilities, and although major changes have taken place in recent years, the paddock area still needs to be rebuilt.

Outgoing BRDC president Sir Jackie Stewart warned that unless changes were made, the Grand Prix's future could be threatened when its current contract expires in 2009.

Ecclestone said that was still a possibility, but that he hoped it could be avoided.

"We want to keep the British Grand Prix and we'll see if we can make it happen," he said.

Former BRDC board member Harry Stiller claimed to have a deal with Ecclestone to split the cost of Silverstone's redevelopment.

But he has since lost his seat and Ecclestone said that plan had no future.

"There are so many suggestions and really it's what is possible to do that's important," he said.

"I don't think that what's been proposed is possible."

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