‘Significant’ investment to avoid repeat of soggy F1 GP

Meshed grass protector at Silverstone
Meshed grass protector at Silverstone

Hopes are high there will be no repeat of the muddy quagmire experienced by F1 fans during last year’s Silverstone Grand Prix as preparation for this year’s race gets into full swing.

Last year’s rain forced the circuit to turn away ticket holders for the Saturday fearing crowds would churn up sodden car parks for race day.

This year the circuit has carried out drainage work covering 140 acres of grassed car parks, laid 5km of drainage pipes at the Woodlands Campsite along with 3.7km of mesh grass protector, and improved the flow of 3,000m of ditches.

Circuit boss Richard Phillips said despite the weather last year’s race attracted 297,000 people and that they had invested a ‘significant’ amount of money and time.