This weekend was an incredibly testing one for everyone involved with the British Grand Prix, as the extraordinary weather of recent weeks led to challenges and problems that could never have been foreseen. With the country struggling to cope with torrential rain, houses flooded and festivals cancelled, the team at Silverstone did an incredible job just to put the event on.
We all felt for the fans whose early weekend plans may have been upset, but thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the organisation of the event, Mark Webber’s triumph in a fabulous race on Sunday was enjoyed by a capacity crowd.
When the weather was at its worst, our thoughts were with the amazing army of 1000 volunteers without whom the event just couldn’t take place. They stay out in all weathers, keeping drivers and spectators as safe as possible; we all owe them a great debt of gratitude and must never underestimate the importance of the role they play in this and every one of the 4,500 motor sport events held annually in the UK.
Each year, we have a draw of all the marshals to recognise their commitment and I am delighted to announce that Lynn Sencicle, a course incident marshal on Hangar Straight, will win a trip to a European Grand Prix of her choice next year.
We look forward to seeing both fans and marshals back at Silverstone again next year.
Motor Sports Association