The British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone seems to have resonated with many people as something very special. It certainly felt that way to me – a real shot in the arm for the sport in the UK. And to think we nearly lost Silverstone as a venue.
The weather played its part and the action on track was fantastic. The millions who viewed on TV could see that this was a great weekend, with the revamped Silverstone displaying a confidence about itself, thanks to its long contract with F1 and the fans turning out in numbers.
The 85,000 crowd on Friday was a record and everywhere I went people were having a great time. I spoke at a Fan event on Sunday morning and spoke to fans throughout the weekend and the vibe was tremendous, like a “Glastonbury of F1”.
Dan Bartlett, who won the JA on F1 competition, backed by Santander, for grandstand tickets for Saturday’s qualifying day sent me this bulletin.
Please let us know your experiences of the “Glastonbury of F1”
Dan Bartlett writes: “I have followed F1 closely for years , never missing a session on the TV, even if it is taped sometimes due to working, but this was only the second chance I have had to go to a grand prix after 40 years of watching it since a boy! The other occasion was Monaco, 6 years ago, when the whole family holiday was based around it and several years of saving up to do it. Fond memories of “digging in ” up on the hill under the palace.
“So I was really excited with the chance to go to Silverstone. After a bit of juggling with work, I decided to make a couple of days of it and bought a last minute ticket for Friday too. Travelled up from the Isle of Wight through the night Thursday, (no sleep) and had a great day myself wandering around, viewing the cars from different parts of the circuit and generally soaking up the great atmosphere and the wonderful weather.
“I stayed with relatives, about one and half hours away, and then my 17 year old son joined me there later. Another early start Saturday and we both set off for qualifying.
“Another great day, sat in the Mclaren 2006 car, photo attached, a great view of Jenson and Lewis when they appeared at the Vodafone stand, from our grandstand seats behind, and the joys and disappointment of the qualifying session seeing Jenson slip to such a lowly position. ( I am from Somerset originally, my sister lives in Frome, so some local interest there) and Lewis achieving a credible 4th after all the woes of Friday for them both.
“I was gutted leaving the circuit Saturday around 7pm, knowing I wouldn’t be back on the Sunday, and the drive home, ferry, and work at 10am Sunday, arriving home pretty tired with little sleep over two nights and plenty of sun.
If work and finances permit, I shall be trying really hard to make 2011, camping out for 4-5 days. I think it is a fantastic grand prix to go to.”