LEWIS HAMILTON says F1’s owners, Liberty Media MUST strike a deal to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The circuit, which hosted the first ever word championship F1 Grand Prix in 1950, does not have a contract after this year’s race next month.
Silverstone bosses are desperate to secure a new deal with Liberty but so far have yet to reach an agreement.
And, with the addition of the Dutch and Vietnam GPs in 2020, Hamilton says F1 chiefs should not let those races bump Silverstone off the calendar.
He said: “Liberty are doing a good job in terms of bringing other places into the sport, but they have got to be careful though.
“When choose tracks, you choose places with a great fan base and yes we’ve got to create new fan bases in places.
“But you have also got to find a track that’s going to deliver exciting races.
“I can already tell you how bad the race is going to be, in some of the new places they have decided to bring on.
“A great place and a big fan base there, but the race isn’t going to be great. I am not going to say where that is but you will see next year.
“There are already some really awesome circuits and Silverstone is one of those.
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“The UK is the foundation of what this sport is and if you start taking away the legendary races and it’s all just new ones, you lose all the history and all the culture which is what Formula One is.
“So I truly believe they have to keep Formula One in UK and particularly Silverstone; such an awesome track, such an awesome place.
“It is one of biggest turnouts of all season and you can’t turn your back on that.”