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
The view from seats 20 & 21 was good, with clear view from Stowe corner, pit lane entry & down Vale & Club, but screens not in the best position to see other track action. Overlooked back end of grid, start/finish. Lovely place to see the podium & crowds at the end. We came in by park & ride for fri/sat/sun from Hinton, with mixed experience, Friday got on bus at 9am arrived at 11am, as some of the highway changes were not set up but Saturday was a lot better, however Sunday long queue again, probably inevitable due to huge crowds. Glad we factored in loads of time and fully expected traffic delays. It's really worth getting the circuit radio, to block out noise and ensure you can hear commentary, both of ours were purchased last year & still going strong.