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Silverstone celebrates record crowds at thrilling British Grand Prix

- Record 315,000-strong crowd over three days
- 22,000 fans stay to see drivers at the post-race Grand Prix Party

British drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta joined a host of British motor sport legends and current F1 drivers on Sunday evening at Silverstone’s post-race Grand Prix Party, the circuit’s traditional finale to the FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX.

More than 22,000 fans stayed behind after a thrilling F1 race to continue the post-race celebrations and hear from the drivers at the Grand Prix Party, which was free to all ticket holders.

All of the drivers were greeted on stage to rapturous applause, but the biggest cheers of the day were saved for the three British drivers, following an incident packed British Grand Prix that saw plenty of drama and overtaking.

Fellow F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Vitaly Petrov, Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez, Jaime Alguesuari, Sebastien Buemi, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Karun Chandhok also made appearances on the Grand Prix Party stage, along with Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner, former World Champions Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill OBE, David Coulthard, Martin Brundle, Eddie Jordan and BBC presenter Jake Humphrey.

Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips has hailed this year’s event as one of biggest and best British Grand Prix in years, attracting record crowds on all three days of the circuit’s flagship event. A record, sell-out crowd of 122,000 were at Silverstone for the big race on Sunday, with attendances of 88,000 and 105,000 for Practice on Friday and Qualifying on Saturday respectively.

Speaking after the event Richard Phillips said, “Record crowds, a great race, a fantastic atmosphere and significant praise for the Silverstone Wing, all contributed to one of the best British Grand Prix in recent memory. Early feedback from the fans has been exceptional and the drivers and teams have been full of praise for the new pit and paddock complex. It’s been a fantastic three days and I have to pay tribute to the fans. We had more spectators at Silverstone for Practice on Friday than most circuits get on race day. They really are fantastic. At the end of the race we opened the gates and let fans onto the circuit to enjoy the podium celebrations. The atmosphere was amazing.

“A huge amount of hard work has gone into getting The Wing ready for this event. It’s been a phenomenal effort from the team here at Silverstone. We’ve had one or two teething problems, and we’ll continue to look at areas that can be improved, however, we are all extremely proud of what has been achieved and the fact that we have delivered another fantastic British Grand Prix.”

Tickets for next year’s FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX went on sale over the weekend and a large number of fans have already purchased tickets to secure their favourite position for 2012.

A number of VIPs and high profile guests were at Silverstone for this year’s Formula 1 British Grand Prix, including Prince Harry, HRH The Duke of Kent, actors Hugh Grant and Sir Patrick Stewart, England cricketers Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Graham Swann, Jimmy Anderson and Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, golfer Ian Poulter, England rugby players Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley, footballer Wes Brown, musician Goldie, DJ Vernon Kay and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’s’ Brendan Cole.

Tickets for the 2012 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX are now on sale. Visit www.silverstone.co.uk, or call 0844 3728 300.

To download rights free images from the 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX, click on the following link: flickr

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