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Deadline looming for British Grand Prix refunds

Vodafone's Lewis Hamilton at the 2012 British Grand Prix
Vodafone's Lewis Hamilton at the 2012 British Grand Prix Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Formula One fans who missed a day of action at this year's British Grand Prix have until Friday to claim a refund from Silverstone.

Between twenty and thirty thousand fans were asked to stay away after heavy rain flooded campsites and car parks.

A sea of umbrellas at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
A sea of umbrellas at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Highways Agency warn motorists leaving Grand Prix Silverstone

The Highways Agency have warned motorists leaving Silverstone of severe delays on the M40 northbound Credit: ITV Central

The Highways Agency have warned motorists leaving Silverstone of severe delays as the M40 is currently closed northbound between junctions 15 and 16 in Warwickshire due to an accident.

Queues are currently stretching back to junction 13 and will affect drivers leaving the Grand Prix at Silverstone planning to travel north on the M40.

Diversion routes are in place but drivers should expect delays.

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Parking concerns at Silverstone

Cars have nowhere to go as the park bumper to bumper Credit: PA Wire

There has been concerns over the amount of parking at Silverstone today ahead of the British Grand Prix despite race organisers urging everybody with a ticket to attend. Cars are now being forced to park bumper to bumper in available parking meaning there will be long delays when leaving the venue.

All available parking taken at Silverstone Credit: PA

Silverstone 'can accommodate all'

Fans make their way around the track during qualifying for the British Grand Prix Credit: PA

Silverstone have confirmed they are in a position to "accommodate all ticket holders" for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Up to 30,000 spectators with public car park passes were advised to stay away from today's qualifying after constant rainfall yesterday left car parks resembling quagmires.

It was hoped that leaving those car parks empty for today would allow them to be in use tomorrow, when a capacity crowd of 125,000 is expected.

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Silverstone sorry for traffic chaos

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips issued an "unreserved apology" to fans after the traffic mayhem that almost reduced him to tears.

Thousands of fans were left stranded in traffic jams outside the Northamptonshire track on Friday as the first two practice sessions ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix unfolded under constant rain and reduced car parks to quagmires.

It has resulted in Silverstone losing 50% of parking space due to the damage caused, and in turn they are now asking fans with tickets for public car parks on Saturday to not turn up.

Phillips concedes the financial hit will likely run into seven figures.

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