Formula 1 gets ready for upgraded Silverstone: Fans asked to avoid British GP qualifying due to heavy rains

British Grand Prix at Silverstone gets set ready for Formula One 2012. The track is 5.891 kms long with 18 turn road course. The track was prepared well in advance with investments seen in track, facilities, grandstands and traffic management to make sure that these events are among the best.

This year’s events will be the 46th British GP to be conducted on this circuit ever since the circuit hosted the first RAC International GP in 1948. Last year 315,000 people attended the race on three consecutive days while this year, the rain is going to play spoilsport. The stands have an enormous seating capacity which has been extended this year with the addition of two new grandstands.

Drivers will compete in a 52 lap event across the 3.66 mile circuit to a total of 190.32 miles during the race. To ensure that each and every spectator gets a good viewing of the events 24 giant screens are erected. Special attention is paid to healthcare and life saving systems.

Philips Healthcare will be providing £500,000 worth of medical equipment while medics have been given special training in the handling of this equipment. 110 medical staff which will comprise of 36 doctors, 24 paramedics, eight nurses, a radiographer and ultrasonographer will be on hand during the course of the three day events.

Due to heavy rains, 40 mm in the last 12 hours, organizers have requested 30,000 fans with tickets to avoid the today’s qualifying session. Richard Phillips, MD, Silverstone, said, “There will be 20,000 to 30,000 people today we won’t be able to properly cater for. It’s going to cost us a lot of money. I honestly don’t know the figure, but it could be a lot more than hundreds of thousands [of pounds]. Right now we’re trying to get ourselves into a situation to get in as many people as we can from a position of devastation. I unreservedly apologise to people. I feel very responsible for it, this is something I’ve been very proud of over the years and I almost could cry now.”

In the weeks and months running up to this weekend we have taken pre-emptive actions, including:

An extra mile of filter drainage has been put in
2 x 4,000 gallon tankers have been brought in to aid with water removal
1,100 tonnes of hardcore has been brought in
A fleet of plant and machinery and teams of workmen have been working around the clock on roadways

Everybody at Silverstone is trying to make sure that there is a race tomorrow. Parking will be closed today, so that it dries up for tomorrow.