Silverstone can rightly claim to be the ‘home of British motorsport’. The Northamptonshire circuit, around 70 miles North West of London, hosted the British Formula 1 Grand Prix for the 50th time in 2014.
Built on the site of a World War II airfield, the circuit first hosted the British Grand Prix in 1948, a race which attracted a reported 100 000 spectators. Two years later in 1950, Silverstone was chosen as the venue for the first race on the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship – the track is one of only four Grands Prix from the first year of the World Championship to remain a part of today’s F1 calendar (the other races being Monaco, Spa and Monza). Together with Italy, Britain is the only country to have held a Grand Prix in every year of the World Championship since 1950.
The layout of Silverstone has undergone significant changes over the years, mostly in a bid to reduce speed and increase safety. The most recent changes to the circuit involved a substantial investment by the circuit owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC). After almost losing the rights to the British Grand Prix to the rival Donington Park circuit in the late 2000s, the BRDC signed a new 17-year deal in 2010 which will guarantee Silverstone’s place on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2027. A condition of the new deal was the redevelopment of the circuit, which was completed in 2011 and includes an entirely new “Wing” pits complex.
Silverstone is one of the best attended Grands Prix on the current Formula 1 calendar. Regular race-day attendance tops 120 000 fans, with around 300 000 attending over the three days of the event.
Did you know?
- At 5.891km, Silverstone is the second longest F1 circuit on the current calendar, second only in length to Spa Francorchamps in Belgium (7.004km)
- Jim Clark and Alain Prost jointly hold the record for most F1 wins at the circuit, with five apiece. Clark won four races in a row between 1962-65.
- A total of twelve British drivers have won the British Grand Prix. As well as the aforementioned Jim Clark, other multiple British winners include Nigel Mansell (4 wins), Jackie Stewart (2 wins), Lewis Hamilton (2 wins) and David Coulthard (2 wins).
- From the current F1 drivers, Jensen Button has competed in the most British Grands Prix. In 15 attempts, he has never stood on the podium.
Silverstone - Key information at a glance
|Circuit Name (type)||Silverstone (permanent)|
|Race first held (number of races held)||1950 (50)|
|Number of Turns||20|
|Race Distance||52 laps (306.291 km)|
|Lap Record||1:30.874, Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 2010|
|2014 result||1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 2:26:52.094|
|2nd Valtteri Botta (Williams) +30.135|
|3rd Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +46.495 + 7.124|
A lap of Silverstone onboard with Nico Rosberg (2014 pole lap)
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