Four-time Formula One World Champion, Alain Prost, has been announced as the latest guest driver to take to the track in recognition of Silverstone's 50th British Grand Prix. The French ace is due to get behind the wheel of Mark Webber's Red Bull RB8, which took the chequered flag at the 2012 race. The Silverstone50 parades are due to take place on each day of the British Grand Prix.
“Silverstone has always been one of my favourite tracks and I have a lot of good memories there," said Prost. "The first time I won in 1983 with the Renault it was a very special feeling. The crowd was so loud – you could really hear their passion, even over the roar of those turbo engines!
“I was lucky enough to win another four races there and each time I was really touched by the support. British fans love their motor sport! This is one of the few things that has not changed in the 20 years since I last drove at Silverstone, and I am genuinely looking forward to experiencing it one more time.”
Prost won the race five times (1983, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1993) and, though he equalled Jim Clark's record, his victories all came at Silverstone, whereas Clark's were split between Silverstone, Aintree and Brands Hatch.
In addition to Prost, several other greats are scheduled to join the parades, with Sir Jackie Stewart driving his 1969-winning Matra MS80, Rubens Barrichello driving the Williams FW07b and Dario Franchitti in Jim Clark's 1963-winning Lotus 25.
Also driving one of Clark's former cars is Jackie Oliver, who will be piloting a Lotus 33. Damon Hill will appear in his father Graham's 1968 Lotus 49B, while Johnny Herbert will be in Jackie Stewart's 1973 Tyrrell 006.
“I can honestly say that winning the British Grand Prix was one of the best days of my life," said Damon Hill. "You cannot beat the atmosphere around Silverstone; I just love the buzz and excitement from the fans. Silverstone is a very special venue, the spiritual home of Formula 1, and these parades are a perfect way to celebrate its 50th Grand Prix. It will be a really special experience driving my dad’s Lotus 49B, the car he drove in the 1968 British Grand Prix.”
Other names from the world of motor sport are also taking part: David Brabham is set to drive his father's Cooper Climax T53, while Adrian Newey will pedal Ronnie Peterson's March 711 from 1971.
The parades take place on 4 July at 12:50-13:05, 5 July at 12:05-12:20 and 6 July at 11:10-11:25.