British Grand Prix: 30,000 fans asked to avoid Silverstone
Fans have been turned away from the British Grand Prix qualifying as up to 30,000 ticket holders were urged not to attend due to muddy conditions.
Car parks at Silverstone became unusable after
and all available spaces for Saturday's racing were full by 09:00 BST.
“All the car parks we have that are safe and suitable for parking are now full, so in the interests of everyone's safety we have to turn people away ”
Katie TylerSilverstone's head of communications
Silverstone officials thanked fans who stayed away on Saturday.
Managing director Richard Phillips said they now had a chance of operating the car parks for Sunday's race.
Officials closed 50% of the circuit's parking on Saturday in an attempt to allow it to dry out. Up to 125,000 fans are expected for the race on Sunday.
Earlier, Phillips had appealed for ticket holders to remain at home and miss qualifying after conditions meant thousands of frustrated Formula One fans were left queuing in their cars for hours on Friday, missing practice sessions.
The final hour-long practice session on Saturday took place in the dry before rain arrived just as it drew to a close. More rain is expected overnight on Saturday.
As parking spaces filled up early ahead of Saturday's racing, she said: "All public car parks are now full and in the interests of safety we have turned people away.
F1 drivers feel sorry for crowd
"We need to be more prepared for British summers in future," added Tyler, who said a decision would be taken later in the day whether to allow fans into public car parks on Sunday."
On Friday, McLaren driver Jenson Button had debated whether the Grand Prix should take place at all after describing conditions as "scary" and "treacherous".
But after turning up at the circuit on Saturday,
"Morning from a DRY Silverstone! Think it'll be a little wet later though! Thanks everyone for braving the rain yesterday to support us."
Other drivers found it tough going getting to Silverstone.
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