From the best support races to freebies and sneaking into the posh areas – this is your Silverstone action check-list.
Go to BMW’s Pit Lane Park
BMW’s popular Pit Lane Park will return allowing fans to get even closer to F1 machinery.
British hero and 1992 champion Nigel Mansell will be among the drivers showing off in F1 cars.
Construct a hilarious banner
Past examples of greatness include “Irvine I’m pregnant”, as seen on television. Funnily enough “I’m only here so I can’t hear James Allen,”was never shown on ITV.
My all-time Silverstone favourite is the one from 1993 that showed a parking symbol that read, “Reserved for A. Senna: ’91, ’92, 1993?” Sure enough, Senna retired from that race as well…
If you are going armed with some witty prose scrawled on a bed sheet, please send us a photograph.
Watch at every corner
Silverstone is a great circuit – but you can’t ignore the fact that the British Grand Prix is under enormous commercial pressure.
So savour it while you can. Take a look at our guide to the track and don’t miss your chance to see modern F1 cars tackling some of the most exciting corners on the calendar while you still can.
I’ll be there all three days – drop me a line if you want to say hello!
Watch the GP2 races
A couple of the GP2 drivers are likely to get into F1 in the future – Bruno Senna’s a good bet – so in a few years time you can bore your friends with “I saw him race before he got into F1” stories.
As far as the support races go, though, forget about the Porsche Supercup. The cars looked nailed to the track and the racing is poor.
Grab a copy of the Red Bulletin
Red Bull’s highly entertaining and irreverent mag is always good for a laugh and has some excellent insights to – no matter what Ron Dennis says.
Plus it’s free. Do you need any more reasons to scoot over to Red Bull’s stand a get a copy?
Try to blag your way into the paddock
Ingenious devices used with some success in the past include: arriving with a pizza “for Michael Schumacher”, donning a pair of racing overalls and striding through the gates, putting on your shortest skirt and tightest top and flirting with a driver (girls only, probably).
Talk to the person sitting next to you
They’re either an F1 fan too, or they’re horribly lost. And they might have beer…
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