It’s now less than one month until the 2013 British Formula 1 Grand Prix so we thought we’d give you an update of what Silverstone have been up to in anticipation for this year’s race.

If you were there last year, or even if you tuned into the news that weekend, you’ll know how bad the rain was last July in Northamptonshire. The UK was suffering from a strange phenomenon called “British Summer Washout” in which locals hope for dry and warm weather but actually have to cope with heavy and continuous rain, often for days on end.

This year’s forecast? It’s too early to say, but you can keep an eye on it here. This is what Silverstone have done in case the event suffers the same fate:

  • Additional drainage being excavated over an area of 140 acres in grassed car parks
  • 2,000 metres of spine drains to discharge surface water in car parks
  • Re-shaping 3,000 metres of ditches to increase water flow rates
  • Increased number of shuttle buses from local train stations
  • Increased Park and Ride capacity including new Friday Park and Ride and an additional site at Turweston Aerodrome
  • Over 3.7km of mesh grass protector being laid across 5 acres of Silverstone Woodlands campsite
  • Over 5,000 metres of new drainage pipes in Silverstone Woodlands campsite

So as you can see they are taking it seriously. Hopefully the other surrounding camp sites will take similar measures to help keep fans moving.

The 2013 British Grand Prix takes place between the 28th and 30th of June (tickets still available here). Before then the Championship heads across the Atlantic to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, another fan favourite.

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