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Spectacular British Grand Prix thrills fans 21 Jul 2003

The cars on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, 20 July 2003

Sunday's 2003 British Grand Prix attracted one of the largest crowds of the Formula One season so far. Around 10,000 spectators visited the historic English circuit on Friday for testing, practice and qualifying, while 30,000 were present on Saturday to see Rubens Barrichello clinch pole position.

On race day a crowd of 70,000 was on hand to cheer the Brazilian to victory after a highly eventful Grand Prix, giving a three-day total for the meeting of 110,000 people. Unfortunately one of those spectators chose to get a little too close to the action and following the incident in which he wandered on to Silverstone's Hangar Straight on lap 12 of the race, the circuit issued the following statement:

"A 56 year-old man has been arrested in conjunction with an offence of aggravated trespass and will be interviewed by police in Northampton later today (Sunday).

"A full investigation was launched immediately and Silverstone will provide its full support to the Motor Sports Association, the national governing body of motor sport in the UK, who will be conducting the investigation. There is no further information at this time. An update will be issued in due course."

After the race around 10,000 fans chose to stay on at the circuit for the Grand Prix Party, which saw legendary British rockers Status Quo on stage alongside Minardi's Justin Wilson and Jordan's Ralph Firman. They were followed by performances from 1996 Formula One World Champion Damon Hill and his band the Six Pistons, plus Eddie Jordan's group V10.