Silverstone declares new pits and paddock open

Silverstone has showed off its new pits and paddock complex, unveiling the new creation at a star-studded ceremony.

The doors have been opened on the new £27m buildings two months before it hosts this year's British Grand Prix and the event was attended by a host of famous names from motorsport past and present.
Damon Hill, the president of the British Racing Drivers' Club and the 1996 F1 world champion, told Radio 4 this morning: "This year's Grand Prix and all the major international events will take place using the new facility. Silverstone has got a right to a permanent place on the calendar and so we hope this is a long-term thing that will make the circuit smart."

Hill was joined at Silverstone by current and former F1 drivers such as Jenson Button, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Martin Brundle, David Couthard and more. The new facilities include the pits, a paddock area, media and conference suites, three halls and an auditorium.

HRH the Duke of Kent officially declared the wing open and said: "This is a tremendous day for Silverstone.

"I am very confident the Silverstone Wing will not just become the recognisable face of Silverstone, but the centre and pivotal point of world motor sport."

1964 Formula One world champion John Surtees said: "Silverstone had a spell of being in the wilderness in terms of biking, but with these facilities it now has world attention.
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