Friday frustration at Silverstone

By on Friday, July 6, 2012

A very wet paddock on Friday

Everyone feared the worst on Thursday and ultimately those fears were realised on a sodden Friday at Silverstone.

Whatever plan put in place to deal with the severe inclement conditions have completely failed, with spectators spending a large part of the day stranded on Dadford Road or the nearby A43.

Journalists exclaimed their disbelief at the organisation of the traffic, with one senior Finnish writer saying it felt like how a race was organised in the early 1990s.

The fans that did manage to make it to the track were treated to almost non-stop rain from dawn until the end of a terribly dull FP2, in which Lewis Hamilton was fastest.

The situation regarding tyres turned farcical. Pirelli can give the teams an extra set of Intermediate tyres, but conditions were far too severe for said compound, as Fernando Alonso discovered on his in-lap. Pirelli said that they could give the teams an extra set of wet tyres here rather than at the next race in Germany, but by the time anything was decided, it was too late.

Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen were amongst those to voice their frustration at the situation.

“It’s a shame we don’t have more wet tyres”, said Raikkonen.

“It’s the same for all the teams. It’s a shame for all of the people coming here, who stand all day in the rain, in the grandstands and we don’t run because we don’t have any tyres."

Silverstone apologised for the problems but admitted that the situation could be just as bad on Saturday and into Sunday.

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