Next year's British Grand Prix already looks set to be a sell-out after organisers confirmed they have sold more than 10,000 tickets for the mid-summer event on the back of Lewis Hamilton's staggering debut season success.

The race - the biggest event on the British motorsport calendar - is set to take place over the weekend of 4-6 July, and so far there has been a 50 per cent increase on the number of fans snapping up advance tickets compared to this time last year when Lewis had just wrapped up the GP2 crown.

"Thanks to Lewis Hamilton F1 is cool again," stated Silverstone Circuits Limited managing director Richard Phillips, "and we are seeing just how much it means to the British public to be able to get behind a potential British world champion. Our ticket sales following his win in Japan were the highest since this year's British Grand Prix and double the daily average for September. That's the impact Hamilton is having on both the British public and the sport in general.

"Our revised pricing structure has proved popular with fans so far. More customers are taking advantage of our British Grand Prix Early Booking Offer, the first phase of which offers up to 33 per cent off tickets. This offer comes to a close at the end of October, so anyone wanting to make the most of our discounted rates should visit the website - http://www.silverstone.co.uk - before 1 November.

"Two or three of the most popular grandstand areas have already sold out. We strongly advise fans wishing to book seats overlooking their favourite section of the track to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid any potential disappointment."

Back by popular demand, Silverstone has also re-introduced one-day tickets for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the 2008 British Grand Prix. In addition, the circuit is continuing to offer its three-day ticket, available from as little as ?99, and the option of Family Tickets (for two adults and up to three children) for Friday practice or Saturday qualifying.

Tickets for the 2008 FORMULA 1(TM) Santander British Grand Prix are on sale 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be booked either by visiting http://www.silverstone.co.uk or by calling 08704 588 300.

For enquiries on Official 2008 F1(TM) hospitality packages call 08704 588 230, or for information on the disabled facilities available call 08704 588 232.

 

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