Posted 09 July 2012 - 16:05
Doubtless just like Silverstone twitter / facebook this thread is going to have emotion bonded F1 fans supporting Silverstone, many of whom didn't actually go, but just post that anybody complaining is moaning.
Well OK, but the majority of posts I have seen are from fans that want to see some things improved because they have every intention of going next year, and following years too.
Yes we get it.....it rained.
However.........Silverstone didn't communicate clearly, and often contradicted themselves with opposite advice.
On the Friday night fans were told they were being discouraged from going Saturday, but would not be turned away, by Saturday morning the message was fans would be turned away.
In fact plenty went anyway and were allowed in, but I can see the reason they did it, it probably dissuaded most of the 20k to stay away. No mention of refunding hotel stays, petrol etc for those that missed out on Friday or Saturday.
One of the reasons 80k attend on Friday, even more on Saturday, isn't just because of 3 day tickets, its because they can't afford to go Sunday, so by missing Friday and being asked not to attend Saturday, that was the end of it.
Yes, its easy to feel unwanted looking across from a sodden mud bog over to Blenheim Palace with Paddock Club and Hospitality attendees being looked after, with their hard standing parking and suchlike, but setting that aside.
On the Friday, many fans tried to get into covered stands and were turned away, even though it was raining really hard, the stands were nearly empty, and they t&cs on the ticket referred to roaming access to open stands.
At Abbey for example, this year fans couldn't view from in front of the stand ( like last year ), and they couldn't get into the first three blocks of seating, because one was reserved for Santander, the other two for Vodafone, so I suppose the key wording would be "open " stand. When buying the ticket, few will have assumed the seating at Abbey would be "closed " except for Santander / Vodafone, no mention of that.
Yes the other blocks of Abbey were open, and full, but really, the other seating should have been available too, and yes, I'm talking about the Friday, when the stands were nearly empty, and many fans were being turned away soaking into the rain to huddle around the grass at the side of the grandstand where they could see next to nothing.
That said, before anybody says get up earlier, or buy a more expensive ticket, I did, but it didn't stop me seeing it happening to others.
The spectator marshall I saw in Abbey that tried to seat everybody inside for F1 P2 worked her arse off by the way.
You get the feeling Silverstone is going the way of Montreal, and is deliberately squeezing out GA ticketholders.
Plenty has been said about the car parks, but just to add, on the Friday and Saturday, there was no traffic marshall helping people exit the West car parks by either gate. It was just relying on the goodwill of drivers letting people filter in to their queue.
Hence exiting the fields to much longer than it should have.
There were plenty of marshalls milling about the fields, but nobody told some of them to go by the exit gates and help people filter out.
You get the feeling, Silverstone were trying something new, compared to previous years, there wasn't any separating of traffic lanes by cones, hardly any traffic marshalling, and bugger all police. Cutting costs that backfired ?
Lastly, on toilets, some of the same toilet blocks near the International Pit Straight from last year had broken door locks, were blocked again this year, by 7am Friday, they must have been hired and turned up like that ?
Doesn't anybody check ?
So, I don't want anybody to resign, just learn from some mistakes, and make it better next year please.