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GP Week : Issue 224
F1 >>> news F1 >>> news Amid reports fans are leaving Formula 1 in droves, it was refreshing to hear silverstone boast a sell-out crowd. An expected 350,000 fans seemed not to notice any of the negativity surrounding the sport and flocked to Silverstone, a figure partially helped by discounting tickets in the final few weeks - of course the good weather in the week ahead of the weekend and the fact that one of their own is leading the World Championship didn't hurt, either. Williams deputy team boss, Claire Williams praised the British circuit for all their efforts. “It’s great. Silverstone has done, as they always do – I know I’m biased because I used to work here – but they’ve done a fantastic job in their ticket promotions and selling their tickets,” she said. "I think we’re lucky with the weather, it’s unusual for Britain in summer to have such a glorious weekend ahead. "But I think that does say a lot about our sport and I think it does say a lot, still, about how passionate British fans are but they are probably fans from all over the world coming to watch us race at Silverstone this weekend.” McLaren’s Eric Boulier was also thrilled with the packed grandstands and was quick to point out that it's not the only event so far this season that has seen attendance figures on the rise. “Obviously it’s great to see all the British fans around and to have a new record of attendance, so I’ve been told, but I’ve also been told that Australia and definitely Canada was up by ten percent as well so it’s good to see that our sport is great and attracting people to the grandstands,” he said. 14 GPWEEK.com // 14 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news C M Y CM MY CY CMY K GP Week May FA Path HR.pdf 1 13/5/15 14:09 crisis? whAt crisis?