Silverstone to offer F1 fans centre access

Silverstone to offer F1 fans centre access

2 May 2014 – Silverstone will allow fans access to the centre of the circuit at the British Grand Prix this year, it has been announced.

It is the first time this has been allowed since 2003 and is all part of the celebrations for the 50th Grand Prix at the Northamptonshire circuit.

"Fans will be able to access the north section of the centre of the circuit, where the GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup support Paddocks are situated. In addition, the centre will feature a 50th Grand Prix Heritage Paddock, hosting a display of winning cars from the previous 49 Grands Prix. The Centre Access pass will also open up new viewing points including the inside of Copse, the fastest corner on the circuit," a statement confirmed.

Centre Access tickets will be limited in availability and will go on sale on Tuesday 27 May at 09.00 am.

Meanwhile, Silverstone has also confirmed two more iconic winning cars for the Heritage Paddock display, namely Nigel Mansell's 1987 Williams-Honda FW11b and Lewis Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23, which he drove to World Championship winning glory in 2008.

Mansell, who won the British Grand Prix in 1987, 1991 and 1992, commented: "Silverstone is the spiritual home of Formula 1 and we should all feel proud of the circuit hosting its 50th Grand Prix. It has a special place in my heart and a rich heritage that cannot be replicated by other circuits. It's still one of the most exhilarating circuits in the world, but it's the fans and their passion that make the British Grand Prix so special.

"I have a stand out memory from each of my three Silverstone wins – in 1987 it was the overtake on my team-mate Nelson Piquet down Hangar Straight, dummying to go around the outside before taking him on the inside going into Stowe. That was a really satisfying win. 1991 was another great win, but is probably best remembered for me stopping to give my rival Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits after he ran out of fuel on the last lap. However, the most special memory for me is probably 1992, when all the fans invaded the track at the end of the race. It's not something I'd recommend nowadays, but the euphoria took over as a sea of people surged onto the track. It was absolutely amazing and something I'll never forget.

"If I can, I'm hoping to be at this year's British Grand Prix to celebrate the occasion and see some of my British GP winning cars back at Silverstone."

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