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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 October, 2004, 21:10 GMT 22:10 UK
F1 teams to lobby for Silverstone
Silverstone 2004
Silverstone has been named on the provisional calendar for 2005
Formula One team bosses will try to persuade F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to keep the British Grand Prix when they meet in Brazil on Friday.

"There's a meeting and I'm sure it will be an issue for discussion," said BAR chief David Richards.

But he added: "The teams do not have the influence of where we race that one might assume we do.

"We can obviously talk to him and try to persuade him but the reality is it's his decision alone."

Richards, speaking ahead of the Brazilian GP at Interlagos, added: "The commercial rights are completely with Bernie Ecclestone and his companies and he determines where the races take place."

Ecclestone has said he has ended negotiations on the future of the race after talks broke down with the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the Silverstone circuit.

SILVERSTONE ROW HISTORY
June 1998 - Bernie Ecclestone sells rights to British GP to US company Octagon
December 2000 - Octagon agrees 15-year lease of Silverstone to run British GP
March 2003 - Octagon pulls out of its motorsport business because of debts, leaving race needing new promoter
Sep 2004 - Britain omitted from provisional 2005 calendar because of lack of agreement on promoter
Oct 2004 - British GP named on draft 2005 F1 calendar

The BRDC wants a two-year contract with a five-year extension, while Ecclestone has offered a one-year contract with an option to extend by six years.

BRDC boss Sir Jackie Stewart said the deal Ecclestone had offered featured 10% compounded annual interest "which would double the price after seven years - this is unaffordable".

Britain is one of three races, alongside France and San Marino, given provisional dates for next season pending the resolution of contract issues.

Silverstone has been given a date of 3 July on next year's draft schedule but a commercial deal must be agreed before the race is confirmed.

A final calendar is due to be issued on 10 December.




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