All the forecasts are looking towards it being a wet British Grand Prix this Sunday, so much so that during a PR effort for McLaren partner, Vodafone both Jenson and Lewis sported the classic union jack umbrella in front of Tower Bridge, London along with an army of London taxi cabs.

Comments from Jenson and Lewis:

“Having the support of the British public is just what the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1™ team need ahead of our home Grand Prix™. The support we receive over the weekend really encourages us all and let’s hope we can give the fans a great day out and get the right results on Sunday.” – Jenson


“Knowing the nation is behind us at Silverstone is fantastic and should give our team the edge over our rivals. Events like today remind you that our home Grand Prix™ is a true British occasion which makes it that extra bit more special!” – Lewis

And here’s the press release in full:

Vodafone, London taxi drivers and the British public get behind Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1™ drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button in front of Tower Bridge, London ahead of the 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX.

As you’ll see the rain was torrential but neither driver minded – Jenson commented that he was actually quite pleased with the conditions as he’s hoping for rain this weekend.

If you’re a Vodafone customer, you’re in luck at this year’s 2011 British GP, here’s why:

All Vodafone customers are entitled to claim an official team lanyard which includes pieces from the 2011 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 car. By claiming this free gift, customers are entered into draws to win ‘Best Seat in the House’ and ‘Garage Tours’ for the 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX

In the Vodafone VIP area there will be a sit-in photo car opportunity, an interactive ‘Pitstop Challenge’  and there will be an appearance from the drivers at some point over the weekend

Other  Vodafone VIP customers  will have their experiences fulfilled at Silverstone:

  • The winner of the ‘Hot Lap’ competition  will  be driven around the track by  Jenson Button on the Saturday after qualifying
  • The winner of the ‘Guest Sponsor’ competition will  see their company logo on the  2011 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 car

In addition to the 2011 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX activity, Vodafone VIP customers can access exclusive F1™ events throughout the year:

Exclusive tours of the McLaren Technology Centre. Competition can be entered here