Need To Know: 2019 British Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads back to its birthplace for the tenth round of the 2019 season at Silverstone. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend on July 12-14, 2019!

The very first Formula 1 race of the modern era was held at Silverstone in 1950 and now, 1006 races later, the former airfield plays host to the tenth round of the 2019 season. With a deal yet to be agreed for 2020, could this be the last British Grand Prix at Silverstone?

Half in Northamptonshire and half in Buckinghamshire, the circuit is situated in the heart of the British countryside; an area known as “motorsport valley”. Many of the teams’ factories are not too far from the circuit, and may be worth visiting during your trip to the British Grand Prix. We’ve rounded up those and some of the other places to visit on your trip, including Blenheim Palace and Bicester Village, in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Silverstone for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

Last season the British Grand Prix was the most attended race of the season, with 340,000 fans passing through the turnstiles over the weekend. The figure is expected to be around the same this year, so be sure to arrive early to beat the traffic and secure the best vantage points! The British Grand Prix is one of the more expensive to attend over the season, with 3-day General Admission tickets being the fourth most expensive of the season.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the British Grand Prix,

As ever at Silverstone, there’s a busy support race schedule. Formula 2, Formula 3 and Porsche Supercup races will all be taking place over the weekend, plus fans will also be treated to two Masters Historic races on Saturday. The races will feature plenty of legendary Formula 1 machinery, plus a few former F1 drivers, with both Johnny Herbert and Jean-Denis Delétraz taking part. Air displays from the Falcon Parachute Team and the Red Arrows will complement the track action on Saturday and Sunday respectively, while there’s also a good range of musical acts performing on each day of the weekend. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 British Grand Prix

With thousands of F1 fans in attendance, the British Grand Prix provides a festival atmosphere at the start of the British summer. Last year’s race was one of the most exciting of the season, with Sebastian Vettel making a late race pass on Valtteri Bottas for victory. You can expect plenty of support for reigning champion Lewis Hamilton, plus up and coming British rookies Lando Norris and George Russell. With a full on-track schedule, there’s plenty of action on track throughout the weekend, and it’s worth sticking around after the racing has finished too – Razorlight, Craig David and Soul II Soul will be taking to the main stage over the weekend, as will the drivers for the ever-popular fan forum. Be sure to take advantage of the post-race track walk too!

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

There are a wide range of options to get to the Silverstone circuit. Details of public transport services to the track, including the popular park and ride option, can be found here. If you’re driving, remember it’s much cheaper to purchase on-site parking tickets before the race weekend. You can find more information here.

If you’re not at Silverstone for this year’s British Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 British Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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