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Last Updated:  Thursday, 27 March, 2003, 13:59 GMT
Williams makes British GP plea
Sir Frank Williams
Williams: Formula One belongs in Britain
Sir Frank Williams believes Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone will not let the British Grand Prix be axed.

The Williams boss has written to Ecclestone explaining why F1 teams feel the event must stay on the calendar.

The future of the race at Silverstone has been plunged into doubt because of a problem over the commercial rights.

And ex-Formula One driver Martin Brundle, chairman of the company that owns Silverstone, has said that this July's race could be the last.

But Williams believes Ecclestone would not want to see his home race dropped from the calendar.

"I wrote to Bernie and I hope that Bernie understands," said Williams.

"He said he knew when he got the letter the strength of feeling that I believe there is among most of the teams based in Great Britain - even though they're not all British-owned - and among the fans.

"It's one of the homes of F1. I think Bernie is very sensitive to that. He's an Englishman himself."

Meanwhile the FIA welcomed the failure of legal action seeking to force it to reinstate the Belgian Grand Prix.

The FIA said a court hearing in the town of Verviers had been a waste of time and money.

The race was dropped after a vote by teams following Belgium's decision to introduce a ban on tobacco advertising from the middle of the year.

"The FIA welcomes the dismissal by the Verviers court of a legal action seeking the reinstatement of the 2003 Belgian Grand Prix," a statement said.

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