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GP Week : Issue 161
There’s no denying that the British Grand Prix weekend didn’t get off to the best of starts, what with closed car parks, water-logged fields, and over- subscribed campsites leading to multi-hour traffic jams that kept fans, drivers, and race personnel from getting to the circuit. For those who thought Friday was bad, Saturday was worse – organisers desperate to save race day asked up to 30,000 fans who had bought Saturday tickets to stay home so that the car parks could be worked on for Sunday. But while the events of Friday and Saturday left the race organisers open to serious criticism from fans, especially those who had been turned away at the gates, or who had queued in traffic for up to six hours, missing the track action they’d paid to see, Sunday was a different story. There was traffic, there were tailbacks, and cars were squeezed bumper-to-bumper on every available inch of hard standing. But when GPWEEK sent out a call for reports of travel chaos from the attending fans, all we received were comments from attendees who had made it to the track with relative ease. “The park and ride was superb until we got to the circuit and our bus got stuck in queue with cars,” said Graham Cobley. “We got out and walked. But we got here!” “Travel was fine [on Sunday] morning, as it has been each day for me. The friendly and helpful marshals kept the queue moving,” Mark Haggan told use. “Now getting out...” McLaren fan Jo Sunley had no trouble getting in – the early bird caught the worm. “Alarm 0340, left Wendover 0410, whizzed here. The queue moved quickly straight into a hard car park. Bumper to bumper but excellent!” The positive comments of Sunday were a far cry from the statements made by understandably irate fans on Friday and Saturday. Wet, angry, and out of pocket, fans criticised the race organisers, calling the event a shambles that brought shame on the UK’s so-called summer of sport. – A SOGGY, MUDDY, JAM-FILLED HEADACHE. OR WAS IT? SILVERSTONE 5 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> NEWS