Silverstone to be resurfaced ahead of 2019 Grand Prix

Published on 09 Jan 2019 09:21

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."

Replies (2)
Posts: 303
Sounds like a cock-up royale ! Did silverstone not have warranties for the quality of the work - did they not test the track for bumpiness before signing it off? It must be an incredibly expensive undertaking and no-one on their right mind would accept something less than perfect for that. I don't get it - mis-management I think........ With the F1 race looking on the fence, they cannot afford any more hiccups.
SE calle.itw 09 Jan 2019 13:580
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Do the tracks have different tarmac suppliers, or are they all supplied by some FIA-certified group? There have been a few tracks that have had similar issues. I believe Monza too had such woes, and Suzuka have had it at some point (among other woes that otherwise amazing track have)?

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