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Silverstone Pits and Paddock Complex Unveiled

New Silverstone 'wing' is a real eye-catcher

Posted May 20, 2011 by Chris White

The old Silverstone pit and paddock had become too small and outdated

Motor racing’s leading figures were at Silverstone this week as work on the new pits and paddock complex were completed and unveiled, two months ahead of schedule.

The new 16,500 square-metre pits and paddock complex, which feature a distinctive ‘wing’, cost £27million to construct.

Having signed a new 17-year deal to host the British Grand Prix, Silverstone’s bosses wanted to make sure that the improvements were completed by the time the Formula One boys come to Britain on 10 July. The new deal comes after the Northamptonshire circuit lost the contract to host the race three years ago to Donington Park, who subsequently couldn’t afford the improvements needed to host Formula One.

The improvements include a new start/finish line which will be in use for July’s Grand Prix, is now between the famous Club and Abbey Corners, which will mean that Abbey, the first corner on the track, will be much quicker.

The same architects behind the London 2012 Olympic stadium have designed the new three-storey pit complex. It includes 41 garages, the race control building and podium, hospitality suites, a state of the art media centre and a new spectator area towards the end of the lap.
Former F1 World Champions such as John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Jenson Button and Damon Hill, and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi were all present and took in laps of the new Silverstone circuit.

Team boss of the Mercedes GP team, Ross Brawn said, “I think the history of Silverstone cannot be manufactured. We had to preserve that, so the British Racing Drivers Club have reason to be proud of their achievement.”

7-time MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi, who missed last year’s British Grand Prix with a broken leg, said, “I’m very excited by the new track. It’s great; it’s very technical and very fast. It is always nice to come to a track with so much history.”

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