British F1 drivers say the British Grand Prix is “One of the very best on the calendar”

As Silverstone makes final preparations ahead of this year’s FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX, the next round of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Britain’s four F1 drivers – Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul Di Resta and Max Chilton – came together for a British Grand Prix photo shoot, in support of their home race.

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The British Grand Prix, taking place on 28-30 June, is the UK’s flagship motor sport event and, as one of the most well-attended Grands Prix in the world, is a highlight on the UK sporting calendar. With four British drivers lining up on the famous Silverstone start grid, support from the passionate home crowd promises to be electric, while the combination of unpredictable tyres, new upgrades on cars and five different winners in the first seven races means it is all to play for at the Home of British Motor Racing.

Lewis Hamilton, now driving for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS said, “Winning the British Grand Prix in 2008 was an incredible moment for me. Silverstone is so special for the British drivers and the weekend is made by the amazing support from our home fans. The atmosphere, the flags flying around the circuit and just seeing everyone supporting us really does lift you. I hope we can put on a good show for them and we’ll be pushing as hard as possible to give them a great weekend.”

Jenson Button of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes added “The British Grand Prix is one of the very best grands prix on the calendar – and Silverstone is absolutely unique. Firstly, it’s one of the greatest circuits in the world. Becketts, quite simply, is the greatest sequence of corners in motor sport – you cannot believe the speeds you’re able to pull through there. And Copse and Stowe are incredible too.”

Newcomer Max Chilton of Marussia Racing is about to start the first British GP of his career. “Every race so far in my debut season has been a fantastic learning experience and I’m sure the same will be true of Silverstone, but with additional support from the super-enthusiastic fans of all four British drivers. The atmosphere is amazing and there’s a sea of Union Jack flags wherever you look around the circuit. It’s my home race but also that of the Team, so we’ll be looking to do well and put on a good performance in front of the home crowd and so many of our Team Partners. I can’t wait.”

Finally Paul Di Resta, driver for Sahara Force India said, “For me it’s the biggest event we go to, especially in terms of support from the British fans, which is always amazing. You feel it as soon as you arrive on the Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon because the fans are already there camping. The atmosphere is electric and I remember last year the drivers’ parade was one of the highlights of the year – it really sent a shiver through me because of the reaction we received and the fact that there wasn’t a seat left in the place.”

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