Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit
Sergio Perez of Mexico and Sauber F1 drives during practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit Andrew Hone - Getty Images

Silverstone race could be cancelled

MANAGING director Richard Phillips offered an unreserved apology, saying he felt "sick" at the turn of events on Friday.

Thousands of cars were stuck all day in queues approaching the Northamptonshire circuit, with traffic on the A43 stretching back for miles.

Many fans never made it at all, missing both practice sessions as the rain poured down. McLaren's Jenson Button predicted the race could be called off if the bad weather persisted, which it is forecast to do.

Organisers admitted it was a "nightmare" scenario, taking the unprecedented step of advising fans without pre-booked park and ride or hospitality tickets to stay away due to fears that the situation could get even worse. Fifty per cent of the public car parks have been lost but by closing them for a day, Silverstone hopes to recover the situation.

Up to 80,000 people had been expected on site on Saturday and a record 125,000 on Sunday; 40,000 of them were due to stay at campsites around the old airfield and it was their campervans which organisers say were at the heart of yesterday's chaos.

Read more at The Telegraph


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