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Silverstone warns F1 fans to avoid car parks on Saturday Qualifying

Silverstone strictly advised formula 1 fans holding public car park passes for the British GP to stay away on Saturday because of the on-going traffic disorder caused by record levels of heavy shower.

In scenes like to a 2000 fiasco at the Silverstone circuit, when heavy rain closed car parks and turned green fields into muddy quagmires, approach roads were jammed for hours on end on Friday.

Silverstone said they would refund unused tickets for Friday and Saturday and in a sign of mounting desperation asked anyone with public car parking passes to stay away on Saturday, qualifying day for the race, to ensure fields were not too churned up for Sunday.

Silverstone circuit’s managing director Richard Phillips, looking tired and his voice showing the strain as the sun finally shone after steady rain, said Silverstone would not be able to cater for up to 30,000 of the expected crowd of 100,000 on Saturday.

“We are dissuading fans from coming to the event tomorrow if you have a public car pass, those with are camping will be fine.

“We will be refunding people with unused Friday and Saturday tickets the details of how to do this will be communicated to you early next week.”

Silverstone say again their warning in a declaration sent by email:

“Silverstone are strongly advising fans with public car park passes for Saturday, not to come to Silverstone tomorrow (07 July).

“Unless spectators have pre-booked Park and Ride, have a hospitality ticket that includes parking in the centre of the circuit, or are already in local campsites and able to walk to the circuit, Silverstone strongly advises that you do not attend the qualifying day of the 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.

“Silverstone has had to take this action due to the fact that 50% of the public car parks have been lost, due to the severe weather conditions over the last weeks and, in particularly, the last 36 hours. Silverstone is doing everything possible to protect and preserve as many of the car parks ahead of Sunday.

“Fans will be refunded for any unused Friday or Saturday tickets. Full details on how this will be handled will be communicated early next week.”


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