Jenson Button believes the potential loss of the British Grand Prix would be "devastating" for Formula One.
Button is hoping Silverstone gets a reprieve
The race is facing the axe in 2005 because the British Racing Drivers' Club has failed to meet the asking price for promotional rights.
"Silverstone is a great circuit and if it's not on the calendar it would be very sad," said Button.
"I've loved F1 for many years and when I was a youngster the only race I used to watch was the British GP."
World champion Michael Schumacher agreed that the British Grand Prix held a special place on the calendar.
"It would be a shame," said the German. "The circuit is a great challenge."
Silverstone was left off the provisional 2005 calendar, with the sport's supremo Bernie Ecclestone asking for £1.5m more than the BRDC offered.
However, Ecclestone has not ruled out the race being restored to the schedule, and BRDC chief Sir Jackie Stewart is hopeful that a settlement can be agreed.