Damon Hill on Saturday sounded quietly confident that a deal to safeguard the immediate future of the British grand prix is close.

Damon Hill on Saturday sounded quietly confident that a deal to safeguard the immediate future of the British grand prix is close.

With negotiations apparently deadlocked prior to this weekend, Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips as well as Hill, the president of the track-owning BRDC, travelled to Abu Dhabi for the 2009 season finale.

"I'm not involved in the discussions but I've been keeping abreast of them -- and we're very close, that's all I can say," the 1996 world champion is quoted as saying by the BBC.

Bernie Ecclestone said earlier at the pristine Yas Marina Circuit that he was not interested in negotiating further with Silverstone.

But Hill added: "Ultimately it comes down to a little bit of give on the negotiations and we're nearly there, but until it's done, there's a bit of nervousness that we might not get there."

 

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