Troops watch British Grand Prix

Servicemen and women watched Australian Mark Webber win the British Grand Prix after they were given free tickets to Sunday's race.

The guests watched Webber finish just 1.3 seconds ahead of British driver Lewis Hamilton, who was followed by German Nico Rosberg.

Jenson Button managed a fourth place in the tight race, for which the soldiers were provided a special stand at Silverstone and a dedicated park and ride system at the neighbouring Towcester racecourse.

Members of the armed forces and their families were given 500 tickets by the racetrack through the charity Tickets For Troops, which is supported by the Duke of York.

He said: "It's so important to recognise the work of our armed forces and their families, not just when they're deployed overseas but when they come back home."

Tickets For Troops chairman Lord Marland said: "For Silverstone to offer us 500 tickets is generous beyond belief. We cannot thank them enough.

"We look forward to seeing more organisations getting involved in what is an easy and effective way to support our troops."

The charity, which was launched in 2009, is open to registrations from all serving members of the armed forces as well as those discharged through medical injury since 2001 at www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk.

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