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GP Week : Issue 50
> F1NEWS> Hamilton hoping for Silverstone reprieve Northants track a ‘breakaway’ option? REIGNING World Champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping that Silverstone will be granted a reprieve and will be on the Formula 1 calendar in the future, as the Formula 1 circus gets ready to compete at the Northamptonshire circuit for what is scheduled to be its final Grand Prix. “The two greatest things about racing at Silverstone are the fans and the track itself. It’s great to see and meet people from all across the country and the world who have made the journey to Silverstone for the Santander British Grand Prix,” Lewis said this week. “When I’m in the car, I can actually see the fans around the circuit waving banners and cheering. It’s as if they were racing every lap with me – incredible!” “Driving the track is incredible too. I love Silverstone – it’s an amazing place to drive. Copse, Becketts and Bridge are all absolutely fantastic, flat-out corners that 10 really show you the power and grip of a Formula 1 car. It’s a perfect place for the race, so let’s hope it’s not the last time we race at this track.” Hamilton, who won back to back GP2 races at the track in the Grand Prix support slot in 2006 and took victory in the wet with a masterful drive in the Formula 1 Grand Prix last season, may yet get his wish – although it may not be for an F1 race. As threats of a breakaway series grow by the day, Hamilton has pledged his allegiance to McLaren, stating that wherever McLaren ends up racing is where he will be racing too. Bye bye Silverstone F1 heads to another traditional venue for the last time