With less than four weeks to go until the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton's first Formula One victory has left Silverstone facing a likely sell-out crowd.

Confirming that 'Lewis Mania' has officially arrived, the reaction from fans keen to witness the Briton's unprecedented rise to the top of the F1 tree has had a dramatic impact on ticket sales for this year's Silverstone event, with both the circuit's website and British Grand Prix booking line were inundated with orders over the weekend and into Monday.

Such has been the demand for tickets that circuit bosses have announced that, while a number of grandstand tickets are still available, general access passes have now sold out.

"Ticket sales have been steady since the start of the season, but demand has gone through the roof in recent weeks," Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, confirmed, "Everyone's hugely excited about Lewis Hamilton and, after his success in Canada, there's an even stronger feeling that he could win his
home race on 8 July.

"The reaction to his win in Canada has been amazing. We haven't seen this level of interest since 'Mansell-mania' in the late '80's and early '90s. The Silverstone website and call centre have been bombarded, and we sold the last general access Fan Tickets this morning. There are still tickets available in a number of grandstands, plus the ?79 and ?139 Family Tickets for Friday and Saturday but, if we continue at this rate, the event will almost definitely sell out in advance.

"There's less than four weeks to go, so the message to fans is loud and clear - book now to avoid disappointment!"

Hamilton has enjoyed a record-breaking start to his F1 career, taking six straight podium finishes and becoming the youngest driver ever to top the championship standings, but there's one more mark that British fans will be hoping he can establish - to become the first British driver to win his home race on debut.



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