Having heralded this year's British Grand Prix as one of the best and most successful in years, Silverstone is already reporting that tickets for next year's event are already in demand.

A hugely successful 50th grand prix at Silverstone attracted the circuit's third-highest race day crowd, who were treated to a 'home' winner as Lewis Hamilton took the chequered flag for Mercedes. Despite concerns that the new era of F1, complete with ugly cars and a much-hyped debate over the sound of the latest engines, fans have been quick to snap up tickets for 2015, with first week sales already showing a seven per cent increase compared with the same period in 2013.

Richard Phillips, Silverstone's managing director, puts the success of the first week down to a fantastic grand prix weekend, despite the weather reverting to type and providing a mix of sunshine and showers, and the circuit's 'Early Bird' incentive offer, which offers savings of up to ?36 per person.

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"The British Grand Prix was a huge success this year and we are already seeing the effects of this in our ticket sales for 2015," Phillips commented, "The free F1 'pit walk' on Thursday, Kaiser Chiefs concert and heritage parades on each day of the event created a real four-day festival and, with Lewis winning his home race, there was no better way to celebrate our 50th grand prix.

"Feedback from the fans has been overwhelmingly positive and we are really pleased with early ticket sales. At this year's British Grand Prix, sales for next year's event were the best we've ever had, and fans are really making the most of the 'Early Bird' ticket offer, with sales in the first week up seven per cent compared with the same time last year.

"We're committed to making the event bigger and better each year, and we are already busy planning another four-day festival for 2015."