British GP to allow fans access to circuit centre

Friday 02nd May 2014, 20:32 by TF1T Staff 

British Grand Prix organisers have announced that race fans will have access to the centre of the circuit for the first time since 2003.

Fans will be able to access the north section of the centre of the circuit, where the GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup support paddocks are situated.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British GP at Silverstone, the centre will also feature a 50th Grand Prix Heritage Paddock, hosting a display of winning cars from the previous 49 Grands Prix.

In addition, on each day there will be parade laps featuring British Grand Prix winning cars where a host of British legends will be reunited with the cars they drove to victory.

Sir Jackie Stewart’s 1969 British Grand Prix winning Matra MS80 has already been confirmed to take part in the celebrations, as well as two more iconic winning cars: Nigel Mansell’s 1987 Williams-Honda FW11b and Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23, which he drove to World Championship winning glory in 2008.

Lewis Hamilton, who won the event in 2008, is looking forward to the celebrations.

"The British Grand Prix is the race I look forward to most in any season obviously, but this year will be even more special with the circuit hosting its 50th Grand Prix.

"Silverstone and Formula 1 come hand in hand and you just have to look at the list of winners there to appreciate its history. But it’s not just the history – British fans are the most knowledgeable and passionate in the world. As drivers, we're really lucky to have that level of home support and it’s not something I take for granted."

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