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British Grand Prix takes place in Silverstone

Last year rain almost saw the event cancelled Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

The British Grand Prix is taking place today at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. Last year 297,000 people attended despite torrential rain which almost saw the event cancelled.

Top drivers from around the world will be competing in the Grand Prix which has been held since 1950.

The race includes 52 laps around the circuit - a total of 5,891km. The lap record for the circuit has stood since 2010 when Fernando Alonso set a time of 1:30.874.

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Northamptonshire Police are preparing for the British Grand Prix. The majority of the force's officers and staff deployed in keeping the county's streets safe during the European Championships are preparing for the event, which runs at Silverstone from July 6 to July 8.

“The British Grand Prix is the Force’s largest planned operation and it is one in which we are well practised. Through the cancellation of leave and rest days during this period, we are able to roster officers and staff in such a way that day-to-day policing is not affected.“Our role is to ensure that all visitors to the event feel safe and secure, that residents of Silverstone and neighbouring villages are looked after and that traffic runs in and out of the event as smoothly as possible."

– Superintendent Sean Bell, Northamptonshire Police