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Silverstone set for another bumper weekend as British Grand Prix gets underway

More than 340,000 people attended last year's event. Credit: PA

Hundreds of thousands of Formula One fans will descend on Silverstone for the British Grand Prix this weekend.

The action gets underway with the first and second practice sessions on Friday, before the big race on Sunday.

More than 340,000 people attended last year's three-day event and organisers are expecting a similar turnout this time around.

With temperatures set to soar over the weekend, racegoers are being urged not to use barbecues at campsites near the circuit due to the recent dry weather.

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There are still fears that this year's event could be the penultimate British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the 2019 version currently set to be the last at the Northamptonshire circuit as things stand.

Silverstone's contract to host the race expires next year, and negotiations to secure the future of the race at the track are still said to be "some way apart".

Lewis Hamilton won the title last year. Credit: PA

On the tarmac, Stevenage's Lewis Hamilton will be aiming for a record sixth title which would put him out on his own as the most successful driver in the history of the race.

Hamilton's triumph last year put him level with Alain Prost and Jim Clark on five victories, but another win on Sunday would see him edge ahead in the record books.