Grand Prix was “biggest and best in years”

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BRITISH drivers Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta joined a host of British motor sport legends and current F1 drivers on Sunday evening at Silverstone’s post-race Grand Prix Party – the circuit’s traditional finale to the Formula One SantanderBritish Gand Prix.

More than 22,000 fans stayed behind after a thrilling F1 race to continue the post-race celebrations and hear from the drivers at the Grand Prix Party, which was free to all ticket holders.

All of the drivers were greeted on stage to rapturous applause, but the biggest cheers of the day were saved for the three British drivers, following an incident-packed British Grand Prix that saw plenty of drama and overtaking.

Fellow F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Vitaly Petrov, Kamui Kobayashi, Sergio Perez, Jaime Alguesuari, Sebastien Buemi, Jerome D’Ambrosio and Karun Chandhok also made appearances on the Grand Prix Party stage, along with Red Bull Racing Team principal Christian Horner, former World Champions Sir Jackie Stewart and Damon Hill OBE, David Coulthard, Martin Brundle, Eddie Jordan and BBC presenter Jake Humphrey.

Silverstone Managing Director Richard Phillips has hailed this year’s event as one of biggest and best British Grand Prix in years, attracting record crowds on all three days of the circuit’s flagship event.

A record, sell-out crowd of 122,000 were at Silverstone for the big race on Sunday, with attendances of 88,000 and 105,000 for practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday respectively.