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Record crowds flock to F1 2011 British GP

Silverstone: "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."
The F1 2011 British Grand Prix attracted a record 315,000-strong crowd over the three days of the event, with a sell-out 122,000 turning up at Silverstone for the race itself, it has been confirmed.

Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips has hailed it as one of 'biggest' and 'best' British GP's in recent years. The circuit has also revealed that 105,000 people turned up for qualifying on Saturday, while 88,000 showed up for practice the day before.

The event, which was won by Ferrari star Fernando Alonso [click here for the full race report], attracted a number of VIPs and special guests, including Prince Harry, HRH The Duke of Kent, actors Hugh Grant and Sir Patrick Stewart, as well as England cricketers Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Graham Swann, Jimmy Anderson and Andrew Flintoff, golfer Ian Poulter, England rugby players Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley and footballer Wes Brown.

“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,” said Silverstone managing director, Richard Phillips. “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.”

Following the event meanwhile more than 22,000 fans stayed behind to continue the post-race celebrations and hear from the drivers at the Grand Prix Party, the circuit's traditional finale to the weekend. 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 - Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta.

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 F1 World Champions Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill OBE, as well as David Coulthard, Martin Brundle, Eddie Jordan and BBC F1 presenter Jake Humphrey.

Tickets for next year's British Grand Prix, which will take place on July 15, are now on sale.


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10.07.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia and Lewis Hamilton (GBR), McLaren  Mercedes, MP4-26
10.07.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia race winner, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 3rd position with Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
10.07.2011- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia race winner, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position and Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 3rd position with Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Team Principal
10.07.2011- Pit lane
10.07.2011- Race, Safety car
10.07.2011- Race, Grid

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Caroline - Unregistered

July 11, 2011 7:33 PM

Near record TV viewing figures too, a peak of 6.70million, meaning over 51% of everyone who was watching TV in the UK was watching the F1 race. An average of just over 43% for the entire programme ... Very impressive, and the reason F1 is rated by the BBC as ... F1 Cost per Viewer Hour = Hit F1 Cost per Viewer = Hit F1 Actual Reach 54% = Hit F1 Actual Live Rating = Hit

Taz - Unregistered

July 11, 2011 11:03 PM

BBC coverage is top notch, really is. Brundle and DC have gelled really well as a team and the F1 forum is excellent as always, I'll even put up with EJ's waffling. Jake Humpries does an excellent job too.



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