BERNIE Ecclestone insists Formula One does not need the British Grand Prix as negotiations continue over the hosting of the race from 2010.
"Silverstone have a contract in front of them," Ecclestone said. "We've no commercial arrangement in place for a British Grand Prix for next year. That is why the race has an asterisk beside it on the 2010 calendar.
"If they can't make it work then don't do it. If that happens, there won't be a British Grand Prix. Simple as that.
"No-one is forcing them to take it. This is business. We have offered them a deal."