So Silverstone has invoked the break clause in their contract with Liberty media which, post the 2019 race, leaves the longest running race (along with Italy and Monaco) on the F1 calendar homeless. The BRDC claim "force majeure" as they don't make any money from the event and the 5% escalator agreed when Bernie ran FOM makes this worse. But surely when they signed the original contract they knew what level of cost they were exposing themselves to? Is this posturing on the part of the BRDC in an attempt to force FOM's new owners to drop their pants and serve up a new deal? What if ever circuit tries this? Liberty media will soon be the ones not making any money with the amount they have stumped up to buy FOM. Jackie Stewart believes that UK Government should help to fund the race. I know motor racing is vey importnat industry here in the UK but when libraries are being closed, hospitals are struggling to care for sick people and public employees have strict rules limiting their pay rises I, for one, don't want the exchequer to spend a single pound on an entertainment event. For those who watched the F1 live event in London you may recall a rather toe curling exchange between Eddie Jordan and Chase Cary where EJ declared "The British Grand Prix safe in the future". I don't think that was what Cary said and this article seems to support that conclusion: BRDC rejects Liberty Media proposal - Pitpass.com So will Silverstone win this game of bluff? Silverstone needs Liberty Media far more than Liberty Media needs a British GP at Silverstone. There are rumours of two possible venues in London: London proposals lodged for F1 race . There are other circuits who could host a race, although all would require significant investment to bring them up to Silverstone's standard in terms of facilities for the teams. I'm sure there are many other countries around the World who would stump up the money to bring a Grand Prix to their country and, I would suggest, only two European races are forever safe - Monaco (just because) and Italy (as Ferrari would leave). Silverstone are playing a dangerous game. FOM may be "Under New Management" but they are not fools and, I suspect, won't be held to ransom by one circuit in one country with the risk of the same thing happening elsewhere in the world.