Ecclestone puts pressure on Donington to deliver GP

BernieFormula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has warned Donington Park owners that he would have no trouble finding an alternative event should their fail to honour their contract.

The Leicestershire secured a ten year contract to host the grand prix earlier this year after negotiations between Bernie Ecclestone and the Silverstone-owning British Racing Drivers Club collapsed.

The contract is contingent on the circuit organisers making significant improvements to the track’s facilities. But this has been put in doubt with the news that Donington’s chief operating officer Lee Gill has left Ventures Leisure Ltd. Chief Executive Simon Gillett is now in charge.

Asked whether he had contingency plans should Donington fall through, Ecclestone said: “We’ve plenty of things to plug the holes,” according to The Guardian.

“We’ve a contract with them, which I hope they honour. I’m not even considering there won’t be a race there.”

Planning permission for the £100m redevelopment of the track is expected to be submitted to Leicestershire district council early next week.