Silverstone renames main pit straight ‘Hamilton Straight’
Silverstone Circuit announced on Saturday that it will rename its International Pits Straight in recognition of Lewis Hamilton’s “outstanding achievements”.
In another banner year for Mercedes, Hamilton wrapped up his seventh world title in Turkey last month, equaling the record set previously by F1 legend Michael Schumacher.
The achievement has compelled the British Racing Drivers Club, Silverstone’s owner, to honour the Briton by renaming its international pit straight ‘Hamilton Straight’.
This section of the circuit, which is flanked by the Silverstone Wing, is the only part of the world-famous track ever to be named after a driver.
Hamilton has won the British GP at the Northamptonshire venue a record seven times.
Current BRDC President, David Coulthard, had the pleasure of breaking the good news to Hamilton in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
“I was delighted, in my capacity as President of the BRDC, to share this news with Lewis today,” said the Scot.
“It is the first time in Silverstone’s history that a part of the circuit has been named after any individual.
“Lewis has become a huge part of this history and the directors of the Club and I felt there was no better way to mark this than to re-name the iconic pits straight in recognition of his record-breaking achievements.”
Silverstone’s history is entrenched in Grand Prix racing’s history since the very start of the F1 world championship, with the circuit hosting the sport’s inaugural round on May 13th, 1950.
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