Lewis a boost to British GP

The phenomenal success of Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton will boost Britain’s chances of keeping the Grand Prix at Silverstone, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) has said.

A contract is currently held for the Northamptonshire circuit to host the British Grand Prix until 2009, but there is a chance that this could be lost if the racetrack is not modernised.

Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has reportedly expressed concern that the facilities at Silverstone are becoming outdated.

BDRC chairman Robert Brooks said that the club will do all it can to keep the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and stressed the importance of having members like Lewis Hamilton in its membership.

"Members like Lewis are only helping us," he said. "The Hamilton factor is very positive and helpful in keeping the British Grand Prix."

Commenting on the upcoming race at Silverstone in July, Mr Brooks added: "It’s the first time for many years we’ve had a British driver who looks favourite to win the race.

"Silverstone is home for Lewis Hamilton. He is a member of the BRDC and it has been the site of many of his great races."

Seven rounds into his maiden F1 season, Hamilton sits ten points clear at the top of the championship leaderboard and has already broken records by becoming the youngest ever driver to lead the world championship.

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