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Fighter jets to go under the hammer at Silverstone

Two former RAF fighter jets are to be sold at a public auction at Silverstone racetrack in Northamptonshire today.

A 1976 Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR3 Jump Jet and a 1988 Panavia Tornado F3 will go under the hammer.

The Harrier, which served during the Cold War, Belize and the Falklands, is described as being preserved "in almost time capsule condition".

We've never offered anything like this before and it's a privilege to be able to offer one of, it not the finest, Harrier in the world.

The history and provenance of the plane, combined with the fact that the aircraft is so complete, means this really is an exciting opportunity.

– Nick Whale, Managing Director at Silverstone Auctions

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Travel advice for British Grand prix

There will be a number of road closures for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend.

  • The A43 will be closed to through traffic from 5am-9pm 4th/5th/6th July between Towcester and Welsh Lane (B4525)
  • Local diversions will be managed by the Highways Agency
  • Local residents will have been sent leaflets detailing the diversions

Hundreds of thousands of people will be travelling to Northamptonshire for what is the largest event in the UK. We will be monitoring traffic levels throughout the weekend. If you are travelling to the Grand Prix please adhere to signage as you approach the circuit as local road closures and diversions will be in place.

– Superintendent Richard James, Event Commander, Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire team hoping for success at British Grand Prix

Sahara Force India, hoping to do well at the British Grand Prix Credit: ITV News Anglia

The British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone in Northamptonshire this weekend.

One of the teams hoping their drivers will come out on top are based closest to the circuit, Sahara Force India, and they're looking for a strong showing on Sunday.

Chief Operating Officer at Sahara Force India, Otmar Szafnauer said. "Last year we finished 6th, so our objective is to be 5th or higher this year and I think we're well on our way to achieving that, although it's early and there's still a lot of races left."

Sahara Force India Credit: ITV News Anglia

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Sahara Force India hoping for Silverstone glory

Sahara Force India. Credit: PA

The British Grand prix takes place at Silverstone this weekend, and the team based closest to the circuit are hoping one of their drivers will come out on top.

Sahara Force India has been at the home of british motorsport for seven years and know that a strong showing on Sunday will help them to keep on progressing.

"Last year we finished 6th, so our objective is to be 5th or higher this year and I think we're well on our way to achieving that - although it's early and there's still a lot of races left," Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer told ITV News Anglia.

F1 legends gather at Silverstone

F1 cars line up at Silverstone Credit: ITV New Anglia

Formula one drivers past and present have been at Silverstone looking forward to the circuit's 50th British Grand Prix with a trip down memory lane.

Five vintage F1 cars were on display as former drivers Damon Hill and Derek Warwick joined current star Romain Grosjean to promote the big race.

Damon Hill joined drivers past and present Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cars on show included the Renaults driven by Hill and fellow former World Champion Nigel Mansell.

Also on display was the JPS Lotus which was driven by the late Ayrton Senna.

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