The Silverstone circuit has copped a battering in the recent wild weather that ripped through the United Kingdom on Monday night.

As the above photo shows, a large section of the ‘Wing’ building – which houses the pit and paddock complex, media centre and VIP hospitality units – had its roof ripped off.

The high-technology facility, which cost £27 million to build, was unveiled in 2011, a year after the British circuit moved to a longer 5.891-kilometre ‘Arena’ layout. The start/finish straight and pits complex were relocated to this facility in 2011, now housed along the straight after Club corner.

There are also reports that the grandstand at the Becketts/Maggotts complex suffered damage to its roof structure as well.

While the damage will no doubt be covered under insurance claims, it presents an unwelcome problem that the venue can do without, particularly with June’s British Formula 1 Grand Prix coming in just a few months’ time.

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