The 2007 British Grand Prix broke new ground over the weekend with over 205,000 attending the event at Silverstone over the three-days.

Silverstone's managing director, Richard Phillips believes that it is one of the 'best and most successful events he has ever worked on' and he had every right to be pleased with a sell-out 85,000 capacity crowd on the Sunday and recording breaking attendances on both the Friday (42,000) and Saturday (80,000).

"I am absolutely delighted with how the last three days have gone. Considering what we had to put up with in the weeks leading up to the event, including the torrential weather, flooded carparks and terrorist activities in London and Glasgow, I think the team and our contractors have done an amazing job and put on a fantastic event for the fans.

"We had to implement a number of contingency plans leading up to the event and, thanks to the team's experience, hard work and commitment, we have managed to succeed where others might have failed. The fans also played a huge part. The bigger crowds, security procedures and revised traffic systems caused minor delays, and I'd like to thank the fans once again for their co-operation and understanding.

"We have the best and most passionate fans in the world - they are amazing. To get record crowds on Friday and Saturday, and a capacity crowd on Sunday is fantastic. We had a great race on Sunday, but the atmosphere after qualifying on Saturday was phenomenal. I've never seen anything like it. It was electric - we had more fans at Silverstone on Saturday than we had on race day last year. The noise and atmosphere when Lewis qualified on pole is something that will stay with me for a very long time."

The atmosphere in the paddock was equally meanwhile electric, with a number of high profile guests and VIPs making the most of the glamorous occasion. David and Victoria Beckham, guests of Honda, caused the biggest stir of Sunday morning, stopping off to meet F1 ringmaster, Bernie Ecclestone, before a tour of the team's garage with F1 drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

Other celebrity guests included Dannii Minogue, Jonathan Ross, Girls Aloud, Frankie Dettori, Simon and Jasmin Le Bon, England one day cricket captain Paul Collingwood, Kevin Pietersen, celebrity chef James Martin, Pat Dempsey, Mike Tindall and this year's Female Face of the British Grand Prix, Gemma Atkinson.

Furthermore after the race, a record-equalling 20,000 fans stayed behind at Silverstone to continue the post-race celebrations as Brits Lewis Hamilton, Button, David Coulthard and Anthony Davidson joined a number of other F1 drivers and VIP guests at the post-event Grand Prix Party.

"It has been an amazing event," said Phillips at the post-race bash. "I have never experienced anything like this at Silverstone before and I am sure there is more to come in future years.

"The BRDC (the circuit's owners) has a Master Plan for the redevelopment of the site, and we'll hopefully be able to start work on that in the not too distant future. We want to give you (the fans) a circuit that will compete with other F1 circuits around the world. If we can combine one of the best circuit's in the world with the best fans in the world, we'll have a pretty spectacular combination.

"I have one of the best teams in the world working for me here at Silverstone. They have done a fantastic job and I'm extremely proud of them."

Speaking on the Monday morning after the event, Phillips also announced that tickets for the 2008 British Grand Prix had already gone on sale: "Tickets for next year's British Grand Prix have already gone on sale. They went on sale over the Grand Prix weekend and we've already sold more than 2,000 tickets. We have already started work for 2008 and hope to see as many fans back as possible," he summed-up.

 

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