Record numbers at racing circuit

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MORE than 125,000 were at Silverstone on Sunday to see Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber win a dramatic Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.

The 127,000 race day attendance was a record at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited Richard Phillips, said: “Given the extreme weather conditions and position we found ourselves in on Friday, I don’t think Sunday could have gone much better.

“The sun shone, we had a great race, a popular winner and I’m delighted that we were able to get all the fans in and out of the circuit.

“There were some unavoidable delays but, on the whole, we managed to keep everyone moving safely.

“The fans really have been incredible. They make the British Grand Prix and are truly exceptional.”

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

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 traditional British Grand Prix finale.