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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

For more details on road closures, go to the Highways Agency website.

http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/traffic-information-services/scheduled-roadworks/british-grand-prix-2014/

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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

Thousands head to Silverstone for British Grand Prix

Practise sessions at Silverstone will get underway today 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 growing.

Multi-million Silverstone development plans unveiled

Multi-million pound plans have been unveiled to develop land around the Silverstone racing circuit.

Silverstone Park is set to become the epicenter of the multi-billion pound motorsport industry, thanks to the new scheme which will create new businesses, hotels and education facilities.

It comes ahead of an historic weekend, which sees the Northamptonshire circuit host its 50th British Grand Prix. Sarah Beecroft reports.

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Silver Arrows hope to hit target with new F1 car

Mercedes unveil new F1 car Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based F1 team Mercedes has unveiled its newest car at Jerez in Spain this morning.

The team are there for pre-season testing. The team has hailed the F1 W05 car as the first all new Mercedes to compete in Formula One since 1954.

Lewis Hamilton snaps team-mate Nico Rosberg at the launch Credit: PA

More details on the Mercedes website

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Team Principal Ross Brawn to leave Northamptonshire-based Mercedes

Ross Brawn is to step down from his position at Mercedes at the end of the year.
Ross Brawn is to step down from his position at Mercedes at the end of the year. Credit: PA

Northamptonshire-based Formula One team Mercedes have announced that Team Principal Ross Brawn is to step down.

As we reported last month, speculation had been mounting that Brawn was considering his position and it's now been revealed that he will leave at the end of the year.

Executive directors Toto Wolff and Paddy Lowe will now lead the team heading into the 2014 season, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg confirmed as the team's drivers.

Speaking to the team's official website, Brawn said that the time was right to call time on his association with Mercedes:

"The most important consideration in my decision to step down from the role as Team Principal was to ensure that the timing was right for the team in order to ensure its future success.

"The succession planning process that we have implemented during this year means we are now ready to conduct the transition from my current responsibilities to a new leadership team composed of Toto (Wolff) and Paddy (Lowe).

“Mercedes-Benz has invested significantly in both the personnel and infrastructure at Brackley and Brixworth.

"Thanks to the one-team approach we have implemented between the two facilities, the team is uniquely positioned to succeed in 2014 and I am proud to have helped lay the foundations for that success."

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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