The British GP has been cancelled, following numerous delays due to heavy rain. Race director Mike Webb clarified that the only reason behind it was the new asphalt, whose weaknesses have been fully exposed by the weather this weekend.
Silverstone’s asphalt was resurfaced at the beginning of the season and hosted the Formula 1 race in early July. In the course of the event, all drivers agreed on the fact that the revamp had enhanced the bumps instead of evening out the surface. Such a problem grew exponentially with MotoGP and heavy rain, as the bumps were causing the water to pool and stand on the track. Additionally, the surface appeared extremely polished, which produced no drainage at all and consequently the renowned aquaplaning phenomenon was going to put everybody’s life at risk.
Last night's last-minute excavations trackside did not improve the situation at all, considering that they were poorly performed and highly increased the risk of injuries.
The race was moved up to 11.30 local time and then postponed, as Dorna and IRTA called for track checks with the Safety Car and riders’ meetings to come up with a definitive decision. It was first decided not to race on Monday and if it had stopped raining by 16.00 local time, the MotoGP would have started at 16.30 and all 3 races (Moto2 and Moto3) would have been shortened, with on-track action ceasing by 19.30.
However, the idea of racing was scrapped for good. Amongst the riders, Aleix Espargaro stood up for the safety of his fellow competitors, given Tito Rabat's injury in yesterday's FP4 carnage.