I go to Silverstone on an annual basis, and have done for many years now, and was looking forward to this year even more so because of the new Wing building.
On the Friday, we tried to get into the Abbey grandstand but we were told it was for Santander guests who would never sit in those seats the whole weekend. Disgraceful. So we headed down to the GA section just below the stand, and it was like we`d travelled back 20 years. It was truly awful, after all the hype I was standing knee deep in muck! No matter, as an F1 enthusiast, I wasn`t bothered, but my father who enjoys his luxuries, wasnt so pleased.
So, to Saturday, we watched FP3 from the Becketts grandstand, it was brilliant, thoroughly recommend it. But for qualifying, it was a completely different story. It really did seem unfair we couldn`t get into our grandstand because people who paid 400 pounds less than we did wanted to sit there, so it looked like we wouldn`t get a spot for qualifying, but by the grace of god, we got 2 exceptional seats in the Club grandstand, another brilliant stand.
Sunday, we sat ourselves down in our booked seats, which just so happened to be directly in front of pole position. Only one problem with the grandstand, couldn`t see the Red Arrows, thanks to that bloody roof! No matter, a sensational race it was, but I`d heard rumours that you could invade the track at the end. It said you couldnt on the screens, then suddenly, you could! I was so frustrated, I wouldve queued to see the podium! No matter, the experience was epic!
Lastly, the facilities have been totally ignored by the looks of it to build the Wing. The general admission ticket holders are getting less bang for their buck, the lack of toilets was ridiculous, and the merchandise stands have been reduced. BUT NO MATTER! Im going next year, and it was still terrific
If you are camping, best get there on Thursday, as the site fills up at a rapid rate on Friday onwards. Security is a problem, as some people go just to rob your valuables from your tent. I know this first hand as they tried it on me this year. I awoke to find someone entering the sleeping compartment. I did go for them, but was too slow as I was in my sleeping bag.
But don't let this put you off, as the vast majority of people are there for the F1.
Woodlands Camp sit has a good feel to it, with plenty of entertainment to see you through the evening and all weekend.
The facilities are pretty good, but as the site has grown, it need more showers, as at times you could be queuing for around 3/4 of an hour.
I had a fantastic seat in the international pit straight, but to be honest I have been 6 times to Silverstone and apart from the first year in which I sat at Bridge (now no longer part of the circuit) you get a really good view no matter where you sit.
Silverstone is a first class circuit, with great facilities and entertainment. In fact you can feel the history, even tough its going through a mega face lift.
if their was ever a Grand Prix to see, The British Grand prix at Silverstone is the one goto.
Despite the weather and ground conditions, another great weekend at Silverstone. Positive attitude from everyone and well organised. Queue to get in on Sunday was much longer than usual, as we expected, even though we were early, but we got away no problem, although it was a shame to leave right after the race to avoid the queues. Had great seats, this time level with the finish line. Only slight disadvantage there (vs. the start line) is there is no big screen opposite to help keep track of the action, although a better view of more of the track. Some of the vendor prices are madder than ever, but overall it was a great experience once again.