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SBD Global/July 10, 2012/Events and Attractions
Four Potential Investors Look To Ease Silverstone's Rainy Days
Published July 10, 2012
NOT WATERPROOF: Also in London, Tom Cary reported that "when the rain fell in such copious quantities" on Thursday night and Friday morning, Silverstone was "just not equipped to cope." During another rain-filled event in '00, Silverstone "turned into a quagmire," and F1 boss Ecclestone labelled it a "country fair masquerading as a world-class event." While £40M ($62M) has been "ploughed into giving Silverstone a facelift," with new pits and paddock complex and a new section of track, the event "is still not weatherproof." Silverstone Managing Dir Richard Phillips said, "There is plenty to reflect upon" (TELEGRAPH, 7/9).
STAYING PUT: The DAILY MAIL reported that Phillips insisted he would stay on as Managing Dir. Phillips declared that "he wants to see through the job he has started" at the Northamptonshire track. Phillips, "I love this place. There is a long way to go with it. We have come a long way, but it's a great circuit and I am lucky to have the job I have got. I would love to be here next year." Silverstone's grounds were able to accommodate all ticket holders on race day. Contingency measures such as encouraging spectators to car share, bumper-to-bumper car parking and staggered leaving times "proved largely successful" (DAILY MAIL, 7/9).