Silverstone plans to resurface the track for the second time in two years in a move related to the cancellation of the MotoGP ace around the Northamptonshire Circuit last year.
The track received a new surface at the start of the 2018 season, but drew criticism during the F1 Grand Prix weekend. The MotoGP race had to be cancelled, as the track failed to successfully drain the heavy rain that fell on the circuit.
Drona's Carmelo Ezpeleta stated after the cancellation that the track must be resurfaced again before the 2019 race for MotoGP and Silverstone to maintain a strong working relationship. An investigation is still being carried out, after which it will be decided who will pay for the new asphalt.
“We are still awaiting the final outcome of the investigation,” said Silverstone’s managing director Stuart Pringle. “We are closer to the end than the beginning." The 2019 British Grand Prix weekend kicks off on July 12th.
After the F1 race weekend last year, Lewis Hamilton slammed the work done to the circuit: "I always think countries seem to waste money when they resurface the tracks. They wasted money which they could have gone to better use. And, two, the people they hired did the worst job ever.
"I mean, it's the bumpiest track I've ever experienced, it's bumpier than the Nordschleife, which is 100 years old. It's rattling your freakin' eyeballs from your brain, you can't see where you're going."