Silverstone Begs Ticket-Holders To Stay Away

The organisers of the Silverstone Grand Prix have begged 20,000 General Admission ticket holders to stay away as heavy rain has turned the car park and campsite into a mud bath.

Today, The rain played havoc with traffic and tailbacks of five miles caused an eight hour wait for unfortunate fans trying to reach the circuit. The police were called in to help organisers turn angry fans away after their trek to get there. And for the lucky ones who did get in, it was a long day.

Rain in the first practice session showed drivers running next to no laps with Kamui Kobayashi completing the most laps, a lowly 18.

In the second session, Heavy rain left drivers confined to the garages while fans braved the conditions to wait for almost an hour before seeing any action. The last half an hour though did provide a bit of action after Bruno Senna hit the wall in quite spectacular fassion bringing out the red flags (And another delay). And just at the end of the end of the session, Fernando Alonso lost the car under braking and spun into the wall beside the pit lane, loosing his front wing in the process.

And even the F1 Supremo, Bernie Ecclestone was begged by the organisers to stay away and was finally persueded at the last moment.

In 2000, Massive floods destroyed the ground in and around the track causing tens of thousands of fans to miss the race due to massive tailbacks which stretched 15 miles from the track. At one point, the tailback was growing by one mile a minute. Only 15,000 managed to brave the weather for Qualifying, down from 60,000 the year before.

After this catastrophe, Bernie Ecclestone nearly cut the historic british circuit from the calender and there are fears that a similar situation may arise after this weekend.

Decisions on whether or not the race will take place will be made tomorrow (Saturday).

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