Silverstone responds to 'wake-up call'
2 May 2013 – Silverstone organisers have been working tirelessly to avoid a repeat of the waterlogging issues that affected last year’s British Grand Prix, with improved drainage systems and car park tweaks being implemented.
During the 2012 event, fans were asked to remain at home on qualifying day due to persistent rainfall. However, Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips is hopeful of a much smoother weekend after having to deal with an 'unprecedented' situation.
"What happened last year was unprecedented," Phillips said of the rainfall. "Before that we had ten years of reasonable weather conditions and great Grands Prix, so we need to keep things in proportion.
"But nevertheless, we cannot rest on our laurels. What happened to us last year was a wake-up call and we have had to put a lot of measures in place to ensure that people have a good time in 2013."
Although Phillips went on to admit that weather conditions could in theory be as poor this year, the circuit is now in a much better position to deal with potential issues.
"We learned last year that we have got to go the extra mile," he said. "Those sorts of conditions, you cannot tell these days can you? So it could happen again. What we had in place did not cope with it, so we have spent a lot of time and effort on it."
Tickets are still available for the Grand Prix, which takes place from 28-30 June.