Silverstone outlines improvements for 2013
4 December 2012 – Silverstone will invest in its infrastructure ahead of next year's British Grand Prix, with adverse weather conditions causing chaos at the venue in 2012. Spectators were asked to remain at home on qualifying day after heavy rainfall left car parks flooded, leading organisers to refund one million pounds worth of tickets.
Circuit officials have now outlined plans to implement a greater choice of travel options, add to the number of tarmacked car parks and increase the size of the official Silverstone Woodlands campsite by 70 acres in time for the 2013 event.
"For more than 10 years now, fans have had little or no issue getting in and out of the circuit for the British Grand Prix, so it’s important to keep the problems of this year in perspective," explained Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited. "That 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.
"We have learned from this year’s experience and are taking steps to ensure we’re better equipped to deal with whatever the weather may throw at us in future."
Despite the unprecedented levels of rainfall throughout the week of this year's British Grand Prix, a record total of 127,000 fans made their way to the circuit on race day.