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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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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. 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.



No through traffic allowed due to F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone on A43 in both directions between A422 (Brackley) and A5 (Towcester).

Only race spectators will be able to use this section of the A43. A one way system will be in place for traffic heading to Silverstone in the morning and away from Silverstone in the afternoon.

Diversion - Between M1 J15 using A508 and A422 via Old Stratford and A421 between Buckingham and the A43 just South of Brackley.

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Grand Prix - just 11 drivers in rain-hit 1st practice

The wretched British summer wreaked havoc over Silverstone as first practice for this weekend's grand prix was almost a total washout. As rain poured the teams decided to remain dry in their garages despite the tens of thousands of fans packed around the Northamptonshire circuit.

The only action during the opening 75 minutes was an installation lap apiece from all the drivers bar Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen and Jean-Eric Vergne in his Toro Rosso.

It was Vergne's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo who ultimately took the lead. Only 11 drivers bothered to post a time.

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The grand prix weekend gets underway

Fans on their way to watch the first day of practice at Silverstone Credit: ITV Anglia

Around 100,000 people are expected to descend on Silverstone in Northamptonshire this weekend for the British Grand Prix. Practice gets underway today with qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.

Three local teams are taking part, Red Bull from Milton Keynes, Mercedes from nearby Brackley and Force India, which based just outside the circuit.

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