THE British Grand Prix is close to selling out as F1 fans snap up tickets for Hamilton Mania.
Ticket sales are through the roof with punters eager to see the Brit as he makes his bid for a record eighth world title.
Lewis Hamilton has only signed a 10-month deal with his Mercedes team in what could be his final home GP.
Circuit chiefs are staying optimistic that the race will get the go ahead from the Government as part of their Covid-19 roadmap, on July 18.
And that could mean around 500,000 people over the four-day event, making it one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone, said: “We are on route to sell out of the general admission tickets by April and many of the grandstands are already 80 percent full.
“If it is allowed to go ahead, the 2021 British Grand Prix could be one of the biggest crowds ever.
“If you want to see him and win big at home, it could be the last year to see Lewis race at Silverstone.
“We all want something to look forward to. Summer holidays overseas look compromised, so come and have a celebration at Silverstone.
“We always have a good atmosphere but I just think if we can have it, it could be the party to end all parties!”
The British GP is subject to the Covid restrictions being lifted like the rest of the UK, but track bosses say they will refund ticket holders or roll them over to 2022, should the race be behind closed doors.
Pringle added: “The buying behaviour is backed by a Covid guarantee so if they are prevented from coming due to Covid, we will offer them a full refund or will roll the booking over to another year.
“We are very conscious that the fans have been very supportive of us, from last year to this year, and it has made a huge difference to our business.
“It would have been very difficult to refund everyone their ticket money so it has kept us alive during a very difficult period for all sporting venues.
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“They want to come and we want them to come. We hear the Prime Minister’s optimism and we also totally note his caution. That is understood.
“It is clear that the Government have the intention to try and unlock the country by the time of the GP.
“It is selling fast, it is going to be massive but we are also cautiously optimistic.”