Work on the exciting new MotoGP-hosting Arena Grand Prix circuit and improved spectator viewing facilities is well underway at Silverstone – and the revised layout could even set the stage for the F1 2010 British Grand Prix at the celebrated 'Home of British Motor Racing'.
After it was announced last year that Silverstone had successfully won the contract to welcome MotoGP following the Donington Park débâcle
, purists expressed fears that the nature of the Northants track would not produce such spectacular racing or viewing as did its Leicestershire rival.
However, the Arena Grand Prix layout has been designed with the express intention of doing just that – and the way the updates are progressing, managing director Richard Phillips has admitted, it could even be used for the 2010 British Grand Prix too, due to take place three weeks after its two-wheeled equivalent. Discussions are ongoing with Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) organisation regarding such a possibility.
The circuit updates are on-schedule and due for completion in early March, and to-date 180,000 tonnes of earth have been moved around the track – of which 50,000 tonnes have been used to elevate banks and improve spectator viewing areas – 8,000 tonnes of tarmac have been laid, 6,000 metres of Armco have been erected and 2,500 metres of FIA and FIM-approved kerbs are being laid. Two hundred-and-thirty people are constantly on-site, working specifically on the development.