The Battle for the British Grand Prix, by Alan Henry 
Hardcover, © 2010 Haynes, ISBN 9781844259748 

Battle for the British Grand PrixThe British Grand Prix is the oldest event on the World Championship calendar and the feud over its future, now secured, went on for more than ten years. This is the full story, told from the inside, of the business and personal battles between the British Racing Drivers Club, the organisers of the race, and Bernie Ecclestone, Formula 1’s commercial rights holder.

It is a story that has it all, combining high-octane personal jealousies (including the likes of Sir Jackie Stewart and Ecclestone) and high finance told by a journalist with access to all the characters involved, and who himself served for two years as a BRDC director at the height of this drama.

Alan Henry’s account of the ten years leading up to the British Grand Prix finally being secured long-term at Silverstone is an interesting insider story of the behind-the-scenes battles that waged to keep Formula 1 in the UK.

However, there seems to be a lot more to the story, and some sections seem short on detail when accounting the various battles that took place between the key stakeholders trying to fulfil their own interests. Indeed, some sections seem covered very superficially.

The timeline that spanned Henry’s own directorship of the BRDC is more detailed, and there are some truly fascinating anecdotes of some very high-profile figures who were involved.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award The Battle for the British Grand Prix


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.