Cllr David Mackintosh today welcomed a Formula 1 car from the Sahara Force India team to Northampton in the build up to this week’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Northampton Borough Council and The Royal and Derngate Theatres have teamed up to bring a Sahara Force India Formula 1 car to display in town in the week running up to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Based at Silverstone, the Sahara Force India team are riding high, after enjoying their strongest performance of the year at the recent Valencia Grand Prix, with Nico Hulkenberg and Paul Di Resta taking fifth and seventh place respectively earning the team 16 world championship points. As they look ahead to the British Grand Prix, they are giving the people of Northampton the chance to see one of their Formula 1 cars up close, when it takes pride of place in the theatre’s Derngate auditorium from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July.
Cllr David Mackintosh said, “After being named as one of the country’s newest Enterprise Zones, Northampton is set to become a national centre for innovation technologies and high performance engineering. It therefore seems fitting that we should bring the Sahara Force India Formula 1 car to town as the county prepares to host the British Grand Prix. It isn’t everyday people get the chance to be so close to a Formula 1 car and I for one am looking forward to taking a look.”
The Royal and Derngate Operations Manager Richard Clinton commented, “Motorsport is so important for the area, so it’s great to have a car from our most local Formula One team here in the theatre for everyone to see. Not only are Sahara Force India based at Silverstone, but they also use the Mercedes engine manufactured in nearby Brixworth. It’s great to be able to showcase the car in our theatre space and it brings back memories of car launches and such like held here in the past. It’s also a great way to celebrate a world class event, like the Grand Prix, which is taking place on our doorstep.”
The 2012 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix comes to Silverstone from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th July