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Sporting legends from the racing industry descended in style upon Silverstone, as the motorsport fraternity turned out to witness the grand and official opening of The Wing at Silverstone…

Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell, Valentino Rossi, Jenson Button and Mark Webber joined Damon Hill, Martin Brundle,

Ross Brawn, Sir Frank Williams, David Coulthard, Murray Walker and John Surtees to mark what’s being hailed as
a momentous occasion – brand new pit, paddock and hospitality facilities at Silverstone Race Circuit that will change the face of motorsport.

The launch saw over 800 guests and media tour the building, which will be developed in three phases. Three large halls, measuring 1,200 square metres each, a conference facility for 450, an auditorium for 100 and a business centre are housed within the space that will now welcome Formula One for the next 17 years. Stand Out toured the event facilities some of which have access to a balcony that overhangs the pit garages, giving racing fans and corporate clients unrivalled views. Mezzanine levels also give the halls extra space and an added dimension.

The day’s proceedings, held together by BBC presenter Jake Humphreys, were an historic nod to the last 61 years of racing – an hour’s presentation to dignitaries and members of the British Racing Drivers

Club were brought to a close by Mark Webber, who drove his Red Bull Racing Formula One car through one of The Wing’s finishing kitchens, coming to a stop in the auditorium and in front of guests. And that’s the beauty of the venue. It has been designed to host a range of experiential events, product launches, exhibitions and banqueting with the ability to fly cars from the ceiling and drive easily motor vehicles and displays through the various halls and building.

An enthusiastic Jenson Button said that the new facilities would help “the show”.

He continued: “The facilities in the past have been good but with places like Abu Dhabi, it was becoming tired. Improvements have come and now it’s outstanding. It lifts the Grand Prix to the best Grand Prix in the world. I think it’s what the circuit needed and needed it to stay as the best circuit in the world. The place is enormous.”

Martin Brundell described the new Silverstone as a “landmark building” yet criticised the Government for its lack of assistance in helping fund new facilities that undoubtedly bring world-class sporting events and economic benefit.

The Wing at Silverstone will provide a world-class facility for teams, officials and spectators alike, including 41 garages, a race control building, a podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones. The Wing measures 390 metres in length, providing 8,200 square metres of spectator and hospitality zones and a media centre, which spans over 2,500 square metres too. Aspire Hospitality will be handling all catering and banqueting on-site.