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British drivers and teams will be coming home on a high, having performed phenomenally well in Formula One, GP2 and GP3 to date.
So far, Louis Hamilton has won no less than four of the opening eight rounds of the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship which has put him into joint place with his Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team- mate Nico Rosberg.
After winning the Grand Prix in 2008, Hamilton became one of ten British drivers to have won grand prix circuit racing’s highest accolade – a number that has yet to be beaten by any other nation.
McLaren Mercedes’ Jenson Button is another Briton to have enjoyed world championship glory, winning the world title in 2009, and with 257 grand prix races under his belt, he is the most experienced driver on the current grid.
Max Chilton is the third British grand prix driver to take part in the action next weekend at Silverstone. He is continuing to make progress for the improving Marussua F1 team, and has managed to finish all but one of his 27 grand prix races so far – a remarkable achievement.
Silverstone is also the home race for no fewer than eight of the eleven F1 teams with Blackley, Northamptonshire’s Mercedes AMG Petronas and Red Bull Racing, sited in Milton Keynes, sharing all eight victories to date, and with McLaren Mercedes, Sahara Force India F1 Team and Williams Martini Racing also posting top three finishes in 2014, only one of the 24 podium finishers so far has been a driver from a team headquartered overseas.
Similar success has been enjoyed by both the GP2 and GP3 feeder series with Jolyon Palmer top of the GP2 points table and twenty-year old Alex Lynn, one of the country’s rising stars, head of the GP3 points table.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “F1 has undergone one of its biggest ever technical changes and, once again, it is British companies that have risen to the challenge and displayed their excellence in the most competitive of proving grounds.
“The value of international success and world championships to the UK is not simply measured in economic terms; it also generates interest and awareness, which encourages more people to get involved and helps to make the UK’s unique club motor sport scene even stronger. That’s why the MSA is doing all it can to nurture new talents like Alex Lynn and give them the best possible chance of emulating the accomplishments of current stars such as Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.”
For further information or to book tickets for next weekend’s British Grand Prix, go to www.formula1.com.