F1 » Silverstone 'hopeful' of 2010 F1 return and 'longer-term' deal

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July 27, 2009 6:07 PM

I knew you'd be happy Andrew!

As long as we have a British GP I'll stay relitively happy, but I think we need change so I would really like to see it at Donnington, it's such a good track!!!
I think I'm just going to wait till the weekend of the grandprix, the venue seems to be changing every week.

Cubikrube - Unregistered

July 27, 2009 6:32 PM

Let's get some perspective hey? I've just been to Donington for the GP racing. The track is awesome but i am not sure F1 cars would get a good race round there as it is a rather skinny track and they are not widening it.
My main point however is about the organisation there. We were told that the campers couldn't leave till 7 so that the traffic wouldn't be so bad. Fair enough good idea imo. So you can imagine how i was at 10 pm last night when they eventually let us out..all the cars where we were had been parked were on a wet, grassy and muddy hill and needed pushing or pulling out of there. ..........

Cubikrube - Unregistered

July 27, 2009 6:37 PM

Now, given all the grief that Silverstone got for their parking issues you would think that Bernie wouldn't touch Donny with a bargepole.
Donington's organisation was woeful..they were just happy to take the cash and let us rot. I love the circuit...my problem is with the shower of excrement that run the place. I am totally disgusted by the whole saga. They've been having these problems for years and yet they do nothing at all to sort them out. Even when trying to find out what was going on all we got was shrugs of the shoulders and no answers.
I am suprised Crash hasn't started a topic on this so all of you can see what you have to look forward to if F1 goes there :?

Cubikrube - Unregistered

July 27, 2009 6:42 PM

Oh and Hannah...the circuit is changing..but very very very slowly. All they've done so far is put the tunnel in and taken down Dunlop bridge. The track and all the buildings including the apparent new pit lane haven't even been started. Oh and i am sure that F1 goers will be delighted with their portaloo showers and overfilled toilets.
I've been there a couple of times over the last couple of months and it's hardly changed at all. Mug like i am and mug like a lot of us are...because we love our bike racing we HAVE to go there as GP and WSB are only there this year with no other choices..and the people that run it know that and abuse it to the maximum.

Cubikrube, perfect analysis. Being one of the 90,000 on Sunday for MotoGP I shocked at the poor organisation & state of the venue.

As for building work, other than the abandoned unfinished tunnel that's it!

Oh, nice touch moving the radio commentary frequency outside the normal FM reception range so you had to buy a special radio to hear it. Gillett, what a joke!
I am sad I won't be taking in the fantastic views of the tarmac next year but I won't miss anything else about the place.

I am not a huge Silverstone fan but as it stands I'd gladly get both my MotoGP and F1 fix there. Just sort the PA system & make the spectator banks bigger and greener & I'd be happy!

WSBK To Brands.

Harry - Unregistered

July 28, 2009 1:46 AM

Remember that 50% of those who turned up to Donington did so on bikes and yet still it took up to an hour to reach the lane from the parking. Imagine at the F1 where 90% turn up in cars?
They employed "kids" to coordinate the traffic who were simply completely out of their depth. Eventually, I believe they just gave up.
In addition, the tracks rumble strips were repainted, but unbelievably they didn't clean before painting, meaning that there was mud underneath the paint. I gather at least two riders made this point but the press didn't really pick up on it.
As the pinnacle of their respective sports both F1 fans and MotoGP fans deserve a heck of a lot better!!

renegade - Unregistered

July 28, 2009 1:52 AM

after watching the motogp race there I do not think it would be a good F1 track for overtaking. Racing after all should be about racing on the track not about passing in pits ffs. Strategy has its part to play but not when it goes down to only 3 laps of a race counting.

If a car gets stuck behind a heavier slower car it should at least have a chance to pass at times other than the 1st lap or coming out the pits. Silverstone this year was hardly a rivetting race either though, nor were the last 2, the processions are just plain boring.

I think the answer to all of the problems is to give all the cars real world tyres that dont cause marbles and graining and last more than a few miles.

renegade - Unregistered

July 28, 2009 2:04 AM

cont.. If the rubber was less important and was just standard road the tyres then they would last and not cause all the marbles off line and all the problems that causes. wtf does Bridgestone bother to develop something that is useless in real life? I'm not gonna buy a tyre that needs changing after a few laps!!

Even on a track day with a crap car and crap tyres you can still take the pr1cks in their supercars with £4k set of tyres that go off after a few laps.

Giv em all sh1t tyres that last forever, P6000 spring to mind lol, let em do a season on em and the overtakes will happen lol. If they need extra grip give them a supply of bluetac for the season, extra grip offline lol

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