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F1 GP ROAD WARNING: A43 BOTH DIRECTIONS - NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

No through traffic allowed due to F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone on A43 in both directions between A422 (Brackley) and A5 (Towcester).

Only race spectators will be able to use this section of the A43. A one way system will be in place for traffic heading to Silverstone in the morning and away from Silverstone in the afternoon.

Diversion - Between M1 J15 using A508 and A422 via Old Stratford and A421 between Buckingham and the A43 just South of Brackley.

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Grand Prix - just 11 drivers in rain-hit 1st practice

The wretched British summer wreaked havoc over Silverstone as first practice for this weekend's grand prix was almost a total washout. As rain poured the teams decided to remain dry in their garages despite the tens of thousands of fans packed around the Northamptonshire circuit.

The only action during the opening 75 minutes was an installation lap apiece from all the drivers bar Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso.

It was Vergne's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who ultimately took the lead. Only 11 drivers bothered to post a time.

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The grand prix weekend gets underway

Fans on their way to watch the first day of practice at Silverstone Credit: ITV Anglia

Around 100,000 people are expected to descend on Silverstone in Northamptonshire this weekend for the British Grand Prix. Practice gets underway today with qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.

Three local teams are taking part, Red Bull from Milton Keynes, Mercedes from nearby Brackley and Force India, which based just outside the circuit.

Silverstone making plans to prevent last year's weather chaos

The pit straight at Silverstone Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Organisers at Silverstone say they are making contingency plans ahead of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in June to prevent a repeat of last year's event which was marred by the weather.

Some fans were told to stay away from the circuit in Northamptonshire while others faced huge traffic jams and muddy campsites because of flooding.

Work is now being done to improve drainage at the site with more transport options for race-goers.

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Deadline looming for Silverstone refunds

Fans make their way round a very muddy Silverstone during Practice Day at Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire Credit: PA

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.

Weeks of heavy rain flooded campsites and car parks at the Northamptonshire circuit last month.

As a result organisers asked people to stay away on some of the qualifying days.

Between 20,000 and 30,000 fans were affected, though 297,000 people still attended despite the awful conditions.

Anyone wanting a refund should visit the Silverstone website.

Deadline looming for British Grand Prix refunds

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 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.

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
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