After such a great weekend in the Silverstone sunshine, it is important to recognise the hard work and dedication of those that made the event possible. Without the skill and commitment of more than 1,100 trained volunteers, from marshals and scrutineers to the medical and organisational teams, the British Grand Prix simply could not take place.
The esteem in which volunteers are held was demonstrated poignantly on Friday evening, when drivers and teams joined them for a minute’s silence in honour of Mark Robinson, who tragically died while marshalling at the Canadian Grand Prix. It was a fitting tribute and a reminder of the debt we owe to our volunteers - particularly in 2013, the MSA Year of the Volunteer.
On the track, it was an amazing weekend for British motor sport. Lewis Hamilton's stunning pole position was followed by a thrilling race, and even if we didn't get a home winner in the Grand Prix, there were three British victories in the support races for Sam Bird, Jon Lancaster and Jack Harvey to showcase the next generation of talent coming through.
Every year we hold a random draw among the Grand Prix marshals to win a trip to a European Grand Prix and I am delighted to announce that this year's winner is Ian Bristol (pictured), a course/incident marshal at Vale.
Our sincere thanks to all the people, the emergency services and the other organisations that contributed to such a successful Grand Prix.
With kind regards,
Nick J Bunting
Motor Sports Association