High winds cause damage to roof at Silverstone

SILVERSTONE, England (AP) The roof of the motor racing circuit that stages Formula One's British Grand Prix was being repaired on Wednesday after it was damaged by high winds and extreme weather.

Part of the ''Wing,'' the $40 million, three-story corporate building at Silverstone, was affected by wind on late Sunday and Monday. Images on social media appeared to show a section of the roof had been removed.

''Although it looks a bit of a mess at the moment, the damage is largely cosmetic and the structural and functional integrity of the roof remains completely intact,'' Silverstone sporting director Stuart Pringle said, adding that debris landed in the paddock.

Pringle said a domestic sports car race scheduled for this weekend should not be affected, and the circuit's high-profile season opener, the World Endurance Championship on April 10-12, will take place.

The British GP is on July 5.

Strong winds prevented engineers from assessing the damage until Wednesday.

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