SILVERSTONE bosses are suing the contractors who re-laid their £8million F1 track after Lewis Hamilton branded it ‘the worst job ever’.
Bosses paid £2million for the new surface in 2018.
But the company they hired, Aggregate Industries, is accused of making it bumpy, slightly soggy and “cracked open” in places.
Seven-time F1 champion Hamilton, 37, said in 2018: “This is the bumpiest track I’ve ever experienced.”
Five riders fell in the wet while training ahead of the British MotoGP in August 2018. One, Tito Rabat, broke his leg in three places.
The fallout prompted the FIM, motorcycling’s governing body, to revoke Silverstone’s license – putting his F1 future in jeopardy.
The loss of MotoGP cost the iconic Northants circuit at least £3.5million, court records show.
Re-routing the route to another company cost £3.7 million.
In a High Court ruling, Silverstone lawyers allege the new track has “microbumps” that caused racing cars to vibrate at high speeds and visible daily grout lines where different sections were laid at different times.
They claim bitumen seepage caused “greasy” spots, while there was excessive water retention and the track released intermittent foaming white liquid.
Silverstone requested Tarmac Trading Ltd to forward the surface in time for the 2019 British Grand Prix, the order said.
Silverstone is suing Aggregate for the cost of canceled MotoGP and further renewals and lost profits of around £624,552.
The total is £7,933,124 plus legal costs.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5512972/silverstone-lewis-hamilton-sue-f1-track/ Silverstone’s F1 bosses are suing contractors who relocated the £8million track after Lewis Hamilton described it as ‘the worst job ever’.