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Horner gives Silverstone Wing seal of approval

The Wing Silverstone Red Bull Racing's Formula One team principal Christian Horner was at Silverstone on Monday for a tour of the ‘Silverstone Wing’, the circuit’s state-of-the-art new Pit and Paddock Complex. The reigning World Champions, Red Bull Racing, were the first F1 team to visit the new facility, from which the drivers and teams will operate for the first time at this year’s FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX between the 8th and 10th of July. Horner was taken on a tour of the new building, which will be officially opened on 17 May, by Silverstone managing mirector Richard Phillips. The striking new structure, measuring 390 metres in length and 30 metres at its highest point, 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. Speaking after his tour of The Silverstone Wing, Christian Horner said: "I think it’s fantastic - it puts Silverstone right up there with the best circuits in the world. It’s quite staggering the scale of what’s been built here in a very short space of time, but it gives the circuit a whole new feel and dimension. The investment in The Wing is phenomenal. I think it’s great for British motor sport and makes Silverstone a first class facility. The track is one of the last remaining serious challenges on the Grand Prix circuit; Silverstone, Spa, Suzuka, they are all circuits that the drivers revel in. With the facilities that have now been put in place, Silverstone will be comparable with any Formula 1 facility in the world. It's going to be fantastic to come here in July when it will all be up and running." Richard Phillips, managing director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said, "The Silverstone Wing signifies an exciting new era for the venue and takes us another step closer to becoming the world’s leading motor sport venue. In addition to having one of the fastest and most challenging circuits on the F1 calendar, we now have an iconic pit complex that we can all be immensely proud of. "We appreciate Christian taking time out of his busy schedule to come and see The Wing today – he has been very positive about the new facility. A long term Formula 1 contract has enabled us to push on with the development of this pioneering building and we can’t wait to see it in full use at the British Grand Prix in July."

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