Silverstone resurface completed to 'very high' standard - FIA

British Grand Prix, Silverstone 2018

FIA Race Director Michael Masi has praised the resurfacing work which has been completed at the Silverstone circuit ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix.

Silverstone was resufaced in 2018 but the work received negative feedback when Formula 1 arrived, with the circuit having become extremely bumpy, with the hot and dry summer blamed for the setback.

Further issues arose during the MotoGP event when heavy rain fell over the race weekend and the new surface created large puddles which were unable to properly drain away.

Tito Rabat suffered serious leg injuries when another bike hit him at Copse as he recovered from his own fall due to aquaplaning.

MotoGP and its support classes Moto2 and Moto3 eventually had to abandon the meeting on race day as the circuit could not drain enough water to allow the riders to race.

MotoGP's promoter Dorna threatened to pull the contract with the circuit if matters weren't addressed.

In the months leading up to the 2019 event Silverstone has had another full resurface and Masi, who took over duties in the wake of Charlie Whiting's shock death, is happy with the work undertaken.

"It's all been completely resurfaced, the resurfacing has been finished, so they've had a very long three weeks," said Masi.

"A couple of our team from the FIA did go there in recent weeks to have a look at the level of work that's been done, and from the images I've seen and what's happened, it's been done to a very, very high standard.

"The track manager said in his 30 years there, the place has been resurfaced three times, twice in the last couple of years, so he'd like to hope that it doesn't happen again in the rest of the time while he's working there."