Our Eye on the Inside Reports from Raceday at Silverstone

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Hold the front page: sunshine at Silverstone! Yes, the weather saved its best for last this weekend and the ambient climbed to a balmy 17 degrees on race day. Hardly the 39 degrees that we saw in Valencia two weeks ago, but conditions were heaps better than the 12-degree drenching of the previous three days.

The teams and drivers were quick to praise the commitment of the fans after the race, but only one team – Williams F1 – actively sought to improve their enjoyment of race day. The team ran a competition on Twitter on Sunday morning in which it asked trackside spectators to tweet what they were doing to keep warm, using the hash tag #WilliamsWarmer.

The winner of the competition, which was decided by a panel of judges in the team’s marketing department, got two paddock passes for an hour and the chance to meet drivers Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna. The spoils were taken by a mother and daughter, whose smiles could be seen from nearby Northampton. Good on Williams!

With the men’s Wimbledon final taking place on the same day as the British Grand Prix, we got to find out where celebrities’ loyalties lay: tennis or racing? Unless your name’s Jude Law. The actor managed to attend qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday and then the tennis in London on Sunday!

Actors Rowan Atkinson and Simon Pegg came to Silverstone, as did celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, singer Leo Sayer and boyband JLS. With their one-day series against Australia blighted by bad weather, the England cricket team was out in force as well, with Alastair Cooke, Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Stuart Broad taking a look around the pits. All in all, it wasn’t a bad turnout; well done everyone!

When the chequered flag dropped after 52 laps of racing, the party continued at Silverstone with the post-race concert. Eddie Jordan’s band, Eddie and the Robbers, played in front of thousands of fans, and lots of drivers put in appearances as well. All three Britons on the grid – Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta – turned up to say hi, as did race winner Mark Webber and his team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Lots of fun was had, and spirits weren’t dampened when rain started to fall either.

Away from the racetrack, Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner opened up his house near Banbury for a team barbecue, and after their 1-3 result in the British Grand Prix, spirits were sure to overflow.

This being F1, however, none of the parties will last long. When team personnel wake up on Monday morning, their focus will be 100 percent on the next race at Hockenheim. This sport is relentless.
 

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