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Trackside at Silverstone – 2017 British Grand Prix

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Get the most out of your trackside experience at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix. The next race takes place on July 14-16, 2017.

The organizers always manage to pack in a full schedule of events at the British Grand Prix, so much so that they have added on-track action on Thursday this year. The problem is that this change was only announced a few weeks before the race, which has angered fans that had already made their travel plans. In addition to Formula 1, Formula 2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup action on the track, off-track activities include air displays, concerts, static displays  and amusement rides. It should be hot and sunny in the UK in July, so pack light clothing and some sunscreen. General Admission areas have plenty of shade available from trees and temporary buildings, and there’s a choice of covered and uncovered stands. If the weather forecast predict any kind of rain, be sure to pack a light rain jacket or poncho and umbrella – hopefully wellies will not be required this year.

Click here to download a 2017 circuit map and schedule of events.

Free Friday
Don’t forget that Silverstone operates a Free Friday policy; this means that General Admission ticket holders have free ‘roving access’ to most grandstands for the first day of practice sessions, though the most popular grandstands do fill up at peak times. Nevertheless, this is a great opportunity to check out the views from different parts of the track. Just don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. (Got a grandstand seat? Roving access applies to all grandstands on Saturday as well, with the exception of Becketts Plus. Your actual seat is only reserved for you on Sunday)

Thursday, July 13

  • Gates open from 14:00-22:00
  • 15:30-16:15: Formula 2 practice session
  • 16:45-17:30: GP3 practice session
  • 18:00-19:00: Sky F1 show live recording

Friday July 14

  • Gates open from 07:00-22:00 (roving grandstands until 19:00)
  • 09:00-10:30: F1 practice 1
  • 12:10-12:20: Renault 40th anniversary parade
  • 13:00-14:30: F1 practice 2
  • 15:15-15:45: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 16:05-16:35: GP3 qualifying
  • 16:55-17:40: Porsche Supercup practice

Saturday, July 15

  • Gates open from 06:00-20:00
  • 08:45-09:15: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 10:00-11:00: F1 practice 3
  • 13:00-14:00: F1 qualifying
  • 15:00-16:05: Formula 2 feature race (29 laps / 60 mins)
  • 16:30-17:15: GP3 feature race (20 laps / 40 mins)
  • 17:40-17:45: Williams & Renault 40th Anniversary Parade
  • 17:30-18:15: F1 Driver’s Fan Forum

Sunday, July 16

  • Gates open from 06:00-19:45
  • 08:10-08:45: GP3 sprint race (15 laps / 30 mins)
  • 09:20-10:10: Formula 2 sprint race (21 laps / 45 mins)
  • 10:30-11:05: Porsche Supercup race (12 laps / 30 mins)
  • 11:30-11:40: F1 drivers track parade
  • 12:00-12:05: Williams & Renault 40th Anniversary Parade
  • 12:20: Red Arrows air display
  • 12:46: National Anthem
  • 12:47: Red Arrows fly past
  • 13:00-15:00: 2016 Formula 1 British Grand Prix (52 laps / 120 mins)

On-Track Action

In addition to 6+ hours of on-track F1 action over the weekend, there will also be GP2, GP3 and Porsche Supercup racing at Silverstone this year. Feature races for GP2 and GP3 are held on Saturday afternoon after F1 qualifying, followed by a shorter sprint race for both categories on Sunday morning. There’s just one race for the Porsche Supercup cars, also on Sunday morning.

Access & Orientation

Read Getting There & Around for more information about getting to Silverstone, including public transport and circuit parking. The circuit and surrounds are very well signposted and easy to navigate. Entry is straightforward, just remember not to bring any glass bottles.

Fan’s Pitlane Walk

A pitlane walk for 3-day ticket holders is held on Thursday afternoon, but due to excess demand, access is granted via a ballot system. Wristbands are strictly non-transferable, though many do appear online at high prices ahead of the race. Here are the times for the pitlane walks this year: 15:15-16:15: Gold wristbands, 16:30-17:30: Red wristbands, 17:30-18:30: Silver wristbands.

F1 FANZONE & more
Take a wander around the track if you have the time, as there’s plenty going on to keep the fans entertained throughout the weekend, notably the new and improved F1 Fan Zone, which is set to offer everything from bungee trampolines to segways. Most activities will also be free.

Concerts

The main stage at Silverstone has played host to several big (and small) names in music over the years. This year, the action kicks off with a concert by Brit band Travis and support on Thursday evening, but you will need a separate ticket for this one (cost 40 GBP).  Concerts follow on Friday and Saturday night, and there also a post-race appearance from the drivers on Sunday afternoon.

  • Thursday: 18:30-21:45 Travis concert + support acts (separate ticket required)
  • Friday: 18:15-21:00: ASWAD + Sara Cox DJ Set, with special guests Modern Romance and Carol Decker=
  • Saturday 17:30-18:15: Driver’s Fan Forum
  • Saturday 18:30-21:45: The Severs + The Hoosiers + Reef
  • Sunday 16:30-18:00: Driver’s appearance and special guests
  • Sunday 18:00-19:00: RJP Band

Silverstone Food & Drink

Food is pretty expensive at Silverstone, so be prepared to shell out or pack your own sandwiches. Bringing plenty of your own bottled water is never a bad idea either, especially with the potential heat and sunshine, and the need to stay hydrated whilst out and about all day. Expect to pay £10 for a large slice of pizza and a beer or soft drink from the many food stands at Silverstone. The same sort of price will get you a large pot of noodles and a drink, or a burrito and something sweet. The range of food on offer at Silverstone is getting better each year, and there’s plenty to suit vegetarian visitors as well. Food stalls are dotted all over the place, but the main food arena at Silverstone is a large grassy area near the main stage with plenty of picnic tables and a friendly, festival feel. There are also one or two champagne bars and smarter places to sit, but again expect to pay over the odds for the privilege.

Follow the action
The organizers have installed new big TV screens this year, making a total of 31 around the circuit. Live commentary is also available trackside over the whole F1 weekend, or you can also tune in to Silverstone radio on 87.7 FM. Alternatively, download the F1 App from iTunes or Google Play and get all the latest information at your fingertips, provided the networks don’t get jammed!

Have you been to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix? Leave a comment below with your trackside tips!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of F1Destinations.com. He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Mick Nicholson says:

    It’s worth stating that the F1 app has been no use at all during the race or qually without 4G. The 3g networks are completely overloaded and it remains to be seen if 4G will stand up, it did last year but there are more phones have 4g now. Really miss fanvision/kangarooTV

  2. mike says:

    Hi all can u take alcohol into the Moto gp this year?

  3. Ben says:

    I hope its ok to pack a small packed lunched consisting of salad and such and drinks in my rucksack. Heading for the Race on the Sunday for the British Grandprix.

  4. Andrea says:

    How do I enter the ballot for Thursday pitwalk please?

  5. Lynda Hirst says:

    Hi, are you allowed to take alcohol into the Grand Prix at Silverstone, thanks….

  6. Jim says:

    I’ve not been to Silverstone for the F1 before, is it possible to listen to live race commentary during the race via an app or sports radio? Silverstone radio (87.7) doesn’t appear to broadcast during the actual race. Is the only commentary provided via a loud speaker system, or can I bring a sports radio with me and tune into a frequency when there to hear? If so, what is the frequency please?

  7. Sarah says:

    I bought a weekend ticket on gumtree and the guy was a no show. Can I buy a weekend ticket at track or only Sunday ticket?

    • Editor says:

      Sorry for the slow reply. There are a limited number of tickets available at the track, but I’m not sure if these are just single day tickets or also weekend tickets.

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