Silverstone has confirmed that race day tickets for this weekend's British Grand Prix have now sold out, although fans hoping to catch some of the action can still attend the event for Friday practice and qualifying.

With only a limited number of individual and family tickets available for the first two days of the event, the 2011 running of the race looks set to attract one of the biggest three day crowd figures in recent memory as British pair Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button look to take the fight to championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Fellow Brit Paul di Resta will also hope to impress in his maiden F1 outing on home soil.

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"We expect this year's British Grand Prix to attract one of the biggest three-day crowds in the event's history," Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said. "We anticipate nearly 90,000 people being at Silverstone on Friday, over 100,000 on Saturday and a record crowd of over 120,000 on race day. We have all the ingredients for this year's British Grand Prix to be one of the best in recent memory. It will certainly be one of the biggest!

"The atmosphere will be incredible over all three days of the Grand Prix and we cannot wait to see the new Silverstone Wing being used for our flagship event, the Formula 1 British Grand Prix. In addition to The Wing, we have a new start / finish straight, a new first corner for the drivers to tackle, new and improved viewing for the spectators and three British drivers to get behind.

"After all the hard work, we cannot wait for the action to start on Friday."