And so farewell to dear old Silverstone. Perhaps. This Sunday the Formula One grid will line up at the old aerodrome for one last hurrah before the race ups sticks and heads up the M1 to Donnington Park next year. It's a shame the race is much earlier on the calendar this year than normal, because it means I can't get to that small corner of Northamptonshire to enjoy it one more time. I've been the past two years, and frankly there's nothing not to like - of course, it's a bit frayed around the edges and it's not as big and shiny as the new circuits. But that bothers mostly the teams who are cramped into old pits and certain VIPs who can't swank around glistening steel structures to match their towering egos. The most important thing is it's a great track for racing; high speed and exciting. I guess both fans and drivers would put up with a lot for that. Donnington Park is a decent track too, and given the nature of the Formula One business, if the track's ready for next year no one will be dwelling too much on the fate of Silverstone. That's fine, as long as it is ready, and that remains to be seen. Who knows, we may all be back sitting on the grass verges of Silverstone in 12 months. I for one wouldn't be too sad. In 2010 we shall have three new teams in the pit lane. The sport's governing body has announced the newcomers and it throws up some interesting names. I've watched, and been impressed by, Campos Grand Prix. In their GP2 incarnation, they won the championship in 2008. Given the number of races in Spain, and the incredible support for the sport in that country, it seems a good move to have a team who are based there. After all, they did give a young Fernando Alonso a leg up in the business. Manor Grand Prix have a solid experience base with owner John Booth and technical director Nick Wirth. Manor have also helped Formula One names in the past, namely Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. But the most intriguing new team is US F1, not just because it means some input into the sport from across the pond, but because of the potential drivers it might bring to the grid. Press reports suggest that for the first time a woman might make it into the driving seat. Danica Patrick has the credentials after a solid career in IndyCar in the US. Given the nature of Formula One, it does no harm that she is a good-looking woman and seems to be photographed as often in her swimwear as in her racing overalls. Apparently, she recently appeared in Playboy. Before you get too excited, it was an interview only and not sans clothes. But the interview was hard hitting, with questions like, 'Is it hard to be both sexy and a racer?' Oh dear. Back in the real world, the row over the future rules of Formula One is starting to look like civil war. Who knows what is really going on behind the mirrored windows of the motor homes parked this week in the Silverstone paddock. The Formula One teams are trying to unseat Max Mosley. The FIA president, meanwhile, is signing up Ferrari against their will to next year's calendar, saying they is legally bound to compete. Plot and counter plot abound. Ferrari's Luca di Montezemolo is furious. The rest of us are just plain old confused. It reflects badly on the sport. Not the arguments, or the politics of it all. Formula One has always been like that, and it's been fun. This though has gone on so long it's stopped being amusing. Don't be surprised if sometime soon everyone emerges into the pit lane all smiles as the 'war' ends as soon as it started. This is Formula One after all, and all that matters is the bottom line - having a winning advantage.