Silverstone ready to cope with the weather

Picture by Getty images
Picture by Getty images

As celebrations surrounding a sensational 2012 Formula 1 World Championship come to a close, Silverstone is already looking ahead to next season’s race.

The UK track at which Mark Webber, who lives in Aston Clinton, won this year, experienced severe weather difficulties and had to ask fans to stay away so car parks could be maintained for the race.

While public attendances reached 80,000 and 90,000 on the Friday and Saturday respectively, approximately 10,000 ticket holders did not attend. These fans have now been fully refunded by the circuit at a cost of £1 million.

With lessons learned from the severe weather related issues surrounding this year’s event, Silverstone is making further investment in the venue’s infrastructure, as well as improving the park and ride system and shuttle services to the venue.

Managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited Richard Phillips, said: “The traffic issues on the Friday of this year’s event, and having to ask a number of fans to stay away on the Saturday, were far from ideal.”