Silverstone Circuit has announced that this year's 2013 F1 British Grand Prix attracted a 120,000 race day attendance, the third highest of all time.

In total over all three days, 294,000 people went through the gates - with 80,000 present for practice on the Friday and 94,000 for qualifying on the Saturday.

It was also revealed that more than 18,000 fans stayed behind for the traditional post-race finale to hear from the drivers at the 'Grand Prix Party'.

"The British Grand Prix was back to its very best this year," said Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited.

"For us it's all about the fans' experience and I don't think the event could have gone any better. We had huge crowds here on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - Sunday was our third biggest attendance of all time - and early feedback from the fans has been exemplary. The biggest indicator for us is on-event sales for next year's British Grand Prix, which were up 50 per cent over the weekend. That alone speaks volumes about the success of this year's event.

"There was a real festival atmosphere; the sun shone, everyone got in and out of the circuit in record time and the race itself was full of drama, keeping us all on the edge of our seats. We almost had a British driver on the podium too - a few more laps and Lewis [Hamilton] would have been up there.

"But if we can't have a British driver, we'll settle for two local teams; I was pleased for Mercedes and Red Bull Racing."

Meanwhile, Phillips also highlighted the success of the improved public transport offering for this year's event, plus the impact of the ever enthusiastic 'Race Makers' - volunteers who help with the running of the event.

"We increased and improved the number of public transport options for this year's event and I am delighted with how it has all worked. There were very few, if any, delays getting in and out of the circuit, which is a major achievement for an event of our size. We also saw a lot more people car sharing.

"I would also like to thank the Race Makers who, along with my own superb team, helped us to deliver another fantastic British Grand Prix," Philips concluded.

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