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Silverstone makes changes to bring fans closer to F1 action

The iconic circuit will make changes that will enable spectators to get closer to the action at the high-speed Wellington Straight.

Silverstone will be making some key modifications to its spectator areas to bring fans closer to the action for the British Grand Prix. The race has already sold out the majority of its tickets for the Sunday next year, with a few remaining set to be released closer to the race. The spectator fan zone at the high-speed Wellington Straight will be moved 15m closer to the track, with a total of 248m being brought forward to enable fans to see the cars power down the straight into Brooklands and Luffield. These developments have been made possible due to the use of the unique debris fences developed by Swiss company Geobrugg. Lee Howkins, Circuit Manager at Silverstone, said: “It's a fully homologated system with the FIA and FIM. "With the speed of the straight and the new safety aspects of Formula 1, it was the right time to move to the Geobrugg system. "We want to make sure we’re giving the fans the best experience and the best views.”

Simulations done to ensure safety of spectators, marshals, and drivers

The redevelopment has been done with the help of Dromo Circuit design, who provided its simulations to ensure the new debris fence placement would still keep spectators, drivers and marshals safe. Jarno Zaffelli, CEO of Dromo Circuit Design, said: “We decided to use this system, not only because it's FIA approved but because it’s very easy to install and if we have to move it slightly or adjust something, we can. It was a no brainer.” Jochen Braunwarth, Geobrugg’s Director of Motorsport Solutions, added: “We’re excited to be part of the redevelopment plans at Silverstone. By bringing in our mobile debris fences, we can safely give spectators at the Wellington Straight a fantastic view of the track.” The works are expected to be completed by Christmas in time for the start of the 2023 season.

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