Having urged fans to stay away during yesterday’s action at Silverstone, the circuit’s officials believe that Sunday’s race-going fans should not experience any dramas for today’s Grand Prix action, provided they allow plenty of travel time to and from the circuit.
With much of the UK hit by the most unseasonably wet summer weather in recent years, the Northamptonshire circuit has been deluged over the past few days, leaving Friday fans drenched across all corners of the circuit, with many fans’ cars bogged axle-deep in the muddy public car parks.
The British Grand Prix venue urged Saturday racegoers with general carpark passes to stay away and offered ticket refunds to those who elected not to go. Their hope was that a lower fan attendance would give the grounds enough time to recover ahead of today’s capacity crowd of 125,000 visitors who are expected to hit the area.
“Silverstone would like to thank fans that heeded the circuit’s advice on Friday evening and did not come to the Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix on Saturday,” said a Silverstone statement.
“While it was an extremely difficult decision, and one that will have disappointed people that had to stay away, the decision gave the circuit a fighting chance to repair and get previously unsafe car parks into a state that can be used on race day.
“The circuit has implemented further contingency plans throughout Friday night and Saturday. As a result, it is now in a stronger position to accommodate all ticket holders coming to Silverstone on Sunday.”
Officials will open the car parking gates at 6:00am in a bid to ease traffic snarls around its access roads, but venue-goers are urged to “leave plenty of time to arrive at the circuit and, where possible, travel in 4×4 vehicles, on motorcycles or car share,” the statement advised.