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Di Resta describes British GP as 'biggest event'
Paul di Resta believes the British Grand Prix is "the biggest event" on the Formula One calendar and admitted last year he got "shivers" from the crowd.
2011 was di Resta's first home grand prix having been a test and reserve driver for Force India in 2010 and raced in DTM previous to that. Following his first taste of the race last year, di Resta said that it was a special event and explained that he found it an "electric experience" to race at Silverstone.
"Silverstone, for me, is the biggest event we go to," di Resta said. "The British support is something different. Even when you arrive there on a Tuesday or Wednesday, you see everybody camping and the atmosphere is electric. After taking part in my first British Grand Prix last year, it was probably the best thing I've ever seen.
"Each year we go back we get record breaking attendances and this year the attendance level has been increased by 10 percent. It's an electric experience. The drivers' parade last year was sending shivers through me. Every part of grass you could see was people deep."
Looking ahead to this year's race, di Resta said he hoped it would be more settled following last year's wet-dry grand prix.
"Silverstone itself has the nature of a great high-speed track. It really helps show how a Formula One car can work to the best of its potential. The track has changed for the best, to create opportunities to overtake, especially with the introduction of the new rules with DRS. What we saw last year was limited because of the weather conditions, but hopefully this year we'll see more of a straightforward race."
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