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Police praise fans who attended British MotoGP

Estrella Galicia's Scott Redding during the Octo British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police have praised the patience of fans who attended the British Moto GP at Silverstone in Northamptonshire over the weekend.

A record crowd of 73,000 people watched the race yesterday.

there were long delays as bikes and cars left the circuit.

Police said the traffic control operation had been successful.

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Pictures: Silverstone crowds in high spirits after Lewis Hamilton win

Crowds cheering as Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix for the third time. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
Thousands of people were at Silverstone today for the British Grand Prix. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
Lewis Hamilton waves to fans after his win at Silverstone. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
The atmosphere has been described as amazing on social media. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
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Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has won the British Formula One Grand Prix for Mercedes.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished second while Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third at a rain-hit Silverstone.

The 30-year-old home favourite extended his lead over his Mercedes team-mate to 17 points in the championship, after overcoming a poor start and two rain showers.

Today's win seals Hamilton's fifth victory from nine races this season.

Travelling to Silverstone: Road closures and diversions

The A43 is closed to non-race traffic. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

No through traffic on the A43 due in both directions between the B4525 (Syresham) and Brackley Road (Towcester). Only race traffic can use this section of the A43.

A one way system is due to be in place for traffic heading to Silverstone in the morning and away in the afternoon.

This system will be in place between 5:30 and 18:00 today.

Diversions will be in place on the A421 and A422 past Buckingham and the A508 to/from M1 J15 as well as the A361 from Daventry to M40 J11.

Local traffic is advised to use back routes past Litchborough, Adstone and Thorpe Mandeville.

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