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GP Week : Issue 43
> F1NEWS> n doubt ace, pans UK government over safeguarding the future of the British Grand Prix he had earlier labelled as “a disgrace.” “If it’s no good for them, it’s no good for us,”he told GPWeek. “We get nothing out of it.” With Donington facing an uphill struggle to keep its plans on track, and no way back for Silverstone, it would seem as though 2009 could see the last British Grand Prix for some time. When quizzed by GPWeek if this could signal the end of a race that has been run every year since the very first season of Formula 1, Ecclestone was clear. “Yes, I think so. Yes.” Work continues on the upgrades at Donington Park, below – but who now owns the lease? Flav says no KERS RENAULT F1 chief Flavio Briatore is pushing for a complete ban on KERS from 2010, and claim he has the support of the Formula One Teams’ Association. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Briatore said: ““FOTA wants to ban it from 2010. We understood immediately that KERS was a money-sucking genius, and that the FIA should have taken note of that. It should have been discussed before the start of the season, and the same goes for the diffusers. Having failed to do that has forced on us expenses that are crazy as much as useless.” Renault put KERS back on both of its cars in Bahrain, as did Ferrari and BMW, following under par weekends for all three in China where they ran without the systems. The FIA is reluctant to agree to a total ban on KERS, as it has set it at the heart of its drive for a greener sport. However, the concept of a universal KERS system is a possible outcome of ongoing negotiations.