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Grand Prix Party, autograph sessions and live music – all part of Silverstone’s free F1 entertainment

The FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX returns to Silverstone on 08 – 10 July, and with spectacular on-track action guaranteed, Silverstone has developed a world class line-up of free off-track entertainment.

Running over all three days of the UK’s premier motor sport event, the entertainment ranges from Silverstone’s post-race Grand Prix Party (the traditional finale to the Grand Prix weekend) and driver autograph sessions, to concerts, aerobatic displays and interactive experiences in the Entertainment Zones.

The Silverstone Grand Prix Party

The after-race party is now firmly established as part of British Grand Prix tradition. Free to all ticket holders, this year’s Grand Prix Party will take place on a purpose-built stage in the Arena Entertainment Zone. More than 20,000 fans are expected to stay behind for the Sunday afternoon Party, which will be well supported by the teams again in 2011, with current F1 drivers and legends of British motor sport appearing on stage to chat to fans. Live music will be headlined by Eddie Jordan and ‘The Robbers’, as well as ‘Classic Rock Show’, a live rock band playing well-known fan favourites.

The 2011 Grand Prix Party will be the ninth to be held at Silverstone. All of the drivers receive a hero’s welcome, but the biggest cheers of the day are always saved for the Brits. In 2010 Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton were joined on stage by fellow F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Karun Chandhok, Sakon Yamamoto and Lucas Di Grassi, as well as Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner, 1996 World Champion Damon Hill OBE, David Coulthard, Martin Brundle, Derek Warwick, Eddie Jordan and BBC presenter Jake Humphrey.

Driver Autograph Sessions

In addition to making public appearances in the F1 Village – co-ordinated and scheduled by the teams individually on each of the manufacturer’s display stands – all of the Formula 1 drivers will be attending Silverstone’s exclusive (100 people only) F1 autograph session on the Saturday of the British Grand Prix.

All 100 places will be available to fans as competition prizes, running on the Friday and Saturday in Silverstone’s Entertainment Zones at ‘Arena’, ‘Stowe’ and ‘Copse’, and also on Silverstone Radio.

Live music on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the British Grand Prix

Live acts and bands will be performing on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this year’s British Grand Prix, on a purpose-built stage in the Arena Entertainment Zone.

The line-up on Friday night includes Blue Nation, Studio 54 and Jamie Archer (of X Factor fame), with Alistair Griffin making an appearance on Friday at around 12:30pm. Tony Hadley, Brit Floyd, Shockolady and Vanquish will all be performing on the Saturday evening. Sunday afternoon’s live music entertainment will be provided by Eddie Jordan and ‘The Robbers’ and the Classic Rock Show at the post-race Grand Prix Party.

Air Displays

In 2011 the Red Devils Parachute Display Team will grace the Silverstone skies on the Friday of the event, while on Saturday, the crowd will be wowed by a spectacular display from the Aerostars Yak Aerobatic Team.

As is tradition, The Red Arrows will perform another stunning display on race day.

Silverstone TV and Radio

Silverstone TV (shown on 24 giant screens around the circuit) and Silverstone Radio – transmitted on 87.7FM, 24 hours a day throughout the event – will keep fans up-to-speed with all of the on-track action.

FanVision, formerly Kangaroo TV, will also be available at Silverstone. FanVision handheld broadcast units allow F1 fans to experience exclusive wireless access to live broadcast feeds, up to eight onboard cameras, instant replays, interviews, official timing, team and driver data, stats and analysis, pit stop timing, BBC Radio 5 Live commentary and team radio communications. Units can be booked in advanced or rented at the event. For further information visit f1.fanvision.com.

‘Individual’ and ‘Family’ tickets are still available for the Friday and Saturday of the 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX at www.silverstone.co.uk, or by calling 0844 3728 300. Race day tickets are expected to sell out in advance.

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