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British success at Silverstone on grand prix weekend

The British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone (28-30 June) was laced with success for home drivers and teams, particularly in the Formula 1 feeder series GP2 and GP3, in which British drivers claimed three of the four races.

Shortly after home hero Lewis Hamilton had taken pole position for the grand prix, Roehampton racer and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team third driver Sam Bird won the day’s GP2 Series race, contested by drivers from 15 nations. The 26-year-old took advantage when a pair of rivals collided early on, before cruising to the chequered flag.

MSA Team UK member Jack Harvey, aged 20 from Lincolnshire, followed up with a dominant maiden victory in the first GP3 Series encounter, featuring 16 nationalities. The Racing Steps Foundation (RSF) driver made a perfect getaway to take the lead at the start and was never headed thereafter. His national squad team-mate Nick Yelloly was runner-up in the second GP3 contest.

The second GP2 race on Sunday yielded another first win for a UK driver, with 24-year-old Leeds racer Jon Lancaster taking a comfortable victory in the sprint race. MSA Team UK graduate and RSF driver James Calado made it two Brits on the podium with a battling drive to third place.

The grand prix itself may have been won by German Nico Rosberg, but with his Mercedes team being based in nearby Brackley, and with second-placed Mark Webber’s Red Bull Racing Squad sited in Milton Keynes, it was still a great result for British motor sport.

Nick Bunting, MSA Chief Executive, said: “It was a great weekend at Silverstone for British motor sport. The success of Jack Harvey, Sam Bird, Jon Lancaster and others in the support races demonstrates the depth of talent in this country. The MSA Academy is committed to helping all our drivers to make the most of their talents and opportunities.”

1 July 2013