Three races cancelled
There was no Grand Prix at Silverstone. Due to the rain and safety issues associated with the new lining of the British circuit, the race management decided to cancel the three races on the programme. Something unheard of since 1980.
At the beginning of July, Lewis Hamilton sounded the alarm, claiming that the new Silverstone blacktop made the British track the worst circuit he had ever driven on. “There are so many bumps that you can’t even see where you’re going,” complained the Mercedes driver. Valtteri Bottas, his teammate, made no mistake in adding: “You’re so shaken that after two laps you have a headache.” But it was precisely to reduce those famous bumps the MotoGP drivers had complained about last year that Stuart Pringle, the boss of Silverstone, had to recoat the circuit last winter. The work was apparently very poorly done, with water stagnating in pools, especially at the entries to turns seven and eight. Tito Rabat, victim of a serious accident on Saturday afternoon, was the first to pay the price. And the attempts to drain the track overnight from Saturday to Sunday didn’t change anything. Nor did advancing the race to 11:30. The huge depression that swept through England on August 26th took care of the British Grand Prix. Three races cancelled something unheard of since Salzburg in 1980. That year, it was the snow that caused the cancellation of the Austrian Grand Prix. “It’s sad that the race was cancelled,” regretted Franco Morbidelli. “Obviously we’re sorry for the fans who spent the day waiting in the rain, but safety must remain a priority. The conditions were not right for the start to be given.”