Thursday, June 18, 2009

2009 British GP - Goodbye Silverstone !

The organisers of the British Grand Prix on 21 June have promised a spectacular send-off for the Silverstone circuit.
The blue ribband event for any international racing Circuit, the Formula One World Championship returns to The Home of British Motor Racing on the weekend of 19-21 June for the 2009 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.
The 2008 British Grand Prix will long be remembered as a classic Formula One encounter. As the rain battered the Silverstone circuit, Lewis Hamilton put in one of the performances of his career to stand head and shoulders above his rivals and secure a popular home victory. On a day in which even the most experienced Formula One drivers struggled to keep their cars on track, Hamilton stole the show.

This season's Grand Prix is expected to see record breaking crowds assemble in Northamptonshire to welcome home the reigning world champion, and the youngest in the sport's history, Britain's Lewis Hamilton. The entire race weekend looks certain to buzz with an enormous party spirit as we celebrate a new British hero and cheer him on to each passing lap.
The best teams and drivers in single-seater motor racing have a new set of regulations to contend with in 2009, so we can expect a slightly different order of merit to that which we've become used to of late. With these new regulations designed to increase the racing spectacle even higher from the past two classic seasons, which have thrown up some real surprises and incredible races, expect fireworks on this most challenging of tracks.
But of course there's not only the Formula One, as the GP2 support category gives fans a chance to see the next generation of stars before they jump to the big time. Add to that the Porsche SuperCup, a host of other support events and Silverstone's famous Grand Prix Party and there's little surprise that this is the hottest ticket of the year.

With Briton Jenson Button currently leading the Drivers' World Championship and Lewis Hamilton returning to Silverstone as the reigning World Champion, the last ever British Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit promises to be even more atmospheric than usual.
F1 fans can expect three days of first class entertainment as the circuit celebrates its illustrious British Grand Prix history. It hosted a round of the inaugural F1 World Championship in 1950, and has held the British GP every year since 1986.

Headlining the timetable of off-track entertainment will be the Grand Prix Party, which has become synonymous with the event as the ultimate post-race party for drivers and fans alike, providing the public with the opportunity to get close to the drivers, while they enjoy music from a host of live bands.
Other attractions on race day include a display by the Red Arrows display team on top of races in the GP2 Series, Formula BMW, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Silverstone Historic Saloon Car Challenge.
For younger fans, there will be a fairground at the circuit, completing the full entertainment package for all the family.
The on-stage line-up currently includes a host of past and present F1 legends ranging from Britain's latest star, Jenson Button, to former World Champions Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Damon Hill OBE. The Grand Prix Party has been hosted by Silverstone over the years as a way of thanking the fans and providing them with a rare opportunity to meet the drivers.
New for this year is an F1 driver signing session on the Saturday afternoon, during which where 250 lucky fans will be able to obtain autographs from the majority of current F1 drivers. In order to attend this exclusive signing session, fans should visit the Entertainment Zones at Copse and Stowe on Friday and Saturday of the event, where competitions will take place giving spectators the chance to win a place at the autograph session.

The circuit's F1 heritage will be portrayed by a unique photographic exhibition. Pictures from three of the UK's leading photographic agencies - LAT Photographic, Getty Images and Sutton Images - will be brought together to represent some of the most iconic British Grand Prix moments at Silverstone from the 1950s to the present day.

No comments: