Thursday August 2nd, 2001
Claims that the future of the British Grand Prix is under threat because of traffic problems on the approaches to Silverstone have been dismissed as "rubbish" by the sport's governing body in Britain.
Autosport published a report in today's edition claiming the FIA had contacted the British Motor Sports Association (MSA) about the problems that continue to bedevil the circuit in central England. According to the magazine, the race would be removed from the provisional calendar for next season, published in October, unless a satisfactory explanation was offered.
But MSA spokesman Colin Wilson said on Thursday: "We have not heard anything from the FIA making any kind of threat to the British Grand Prix and to suggest so is a load of rubbish."
A joint statement issued by the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) and Silverstone-based Octagon Motorsport, who organise the race, rejected the "sensationalist" headlines of Autosport.
"The BRDC and Octagon strongly refute the allegations made in Autosport magazine," the statement said, and while it accepted that there were severe traffic delays and promised improvements for the future, it added: "The overall impression presented is not a fair or accurate representation of the story."
Published at 15:46:23 GMT