Silverstone unveils its new £28m Wing and new pits structure

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Silverstone wing Built with time to spare before British Grand Prix

18 May 2011

Yesterday saw the opening of Silverstone’s brand new pits and paddock area dubbed ‘The Wing’.

It’s a £28 million project that sees a massive renovation and refurbishment of the classic facilities. I bet Grand Prix organisers will be relieved that the project was finished with plenty of time to spare before the race event. With all the recent additions to the Formula 1 calendar it was essential to ensure the circuit’s future participation in the motorsport with the said president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, Damon Hill. There are more new tracks on the way too from Russia to the USA, both of which are very attractive in terms of style and design as well as the tourist aspect. Silverstone needed to fall in-line with all the recent developments in order to stand a good chance of being part of the F1 calendar for years to come. The new pit lane stays level with the track now whereas before the track rose gradually meaning the pitwall became higher towards the end of the pits. This will mean drivers will have a rise on the way out of the pits where they rejoin the race. Stirling Moss managed to get a little humour in, teasing presenter Jake Humphries by saying “The original circuit was better”. However, I think it's better now and that's what counts!