Thursday August 2nd, 2001
Former British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert has thrown his support behind the event, after new reports suggest its future in the Formula One calendar may be in danger.
Herbert reacted to reports in Autosport and The Daily Mirror newspaper on Thursday, which said that the British Grand Prix could be dropped from next season. The reports said that the sport's governing body, the FIA, sent a letter to the event organisers Octagon Motorsport after this year's event on July 15.
The FIA letter is believed to have requested an explanation for the traffic congestion at this year's event. Reportedly, the FIA is not satisfied with the answers they receive to the letter, then the British Grand Prix could be missing from the 2002 schedule.
"I think it would be very sad," said Arrows test-driver Herbert. "With British motorsport where it is, it would be a very sad day if we lost the British Grand Prix.
"Britain is the home of motorsport, so hopefully it is not the case. It would not do British motorsport and young drivers any good at all.
"It's early days yet. This rumour has been going round for a couple of years but it needs to be nipped in the bud. Personally, I didn't think the traffic was that bad this year.
"They have made improvements and they have talked about changing the circuit more in the future. As far as I'm concerned Silverstone has always been very good."
Published at 10:50:30 GMT