BBC team to wing walk above Silverstone
4 July 2012 – Those camping around Silverstone are in for a treat on Thursday, as BBC anchorman Jake Humphrey walks the wings of a biplane above the circuit. He will be joined by race commentator David Coulthard and paddock pundit Eddie Jordan.
Typical of a British summer, rain and even thunderstorms are expected for the duration of the race weekend, although Humphrey is keen to make the most of the occasion.
“This weekend we’re doing an extra special opening for the British Grand Prix,” Humphrey told GPUpdate.net on Wednesday morning.
“We’ve got myself, David and Eddie wing walking above Silverstone at 11 o’clock on Thursday morning. I’m not sure how we’ve convinced Eddie Jordan, at 64 years of age, to strap himself onto the wing of a biplane - which dates from about the 1950s – and fly above Silverstone.
“We thought we would do something a bit different to try and make it a bit special. We’re going to have cameras in all of the camp sites, the fields and the paddock, so if you know anyone who is out at the camp sites tell them to look to the sky at about 11 o’clock!”
On Sunday, the customary post-race F1 Forum will be broadcast live from the Silverstone stage which is located on the outside of Luffield corner. The BBC regulars will be joined by a selection of Formula 1 drivers and personalities, past and present.
The 2012 British Grand Prix will be broadcast live on the BBC, with Sunday’s race build-up beginning at 12:05 BST on BBC1 before the race itself is shown from 12:55 on BBC2. The live Forum commences on the red button service and online from 15:30.