Formula 1 heads back to its birthplace for the tenth round of the 2023 season at Silverstone. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the 2023 British Grand Prix weekend on July 7-9!
The very first World Championship Formula 1 race was held at Silverstone in 1950 and now, 1088 races later, the former airfield plays host to the tenth round of the 2023 season. With an ever-growing attendance figure, changes are afoot at Silverstone for fans attending the 2023 British Grand Prix. Improved spectator areas, a refreshed concert zone and a Thursday night launch event are among the new features this year.
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, here.
A capacity crowd expected at the 2023 British Grand Prix
Attendance figures at Silverstone continue to grow year-on-year. Last year, the British Grand Prix weekend attracted 401,000 fans – a record crowd for the event and the third largest of the season, behind the United States Grand Prix and the Australian Grand Prix. Last year marked the first time that all three days of the British Grand Prix weekend sold out – something which seems set to happen once more in 2023.
With expanded viewing areas in 2023 – including the addition of 9,000 grandstand seats – Silverstone’s Manging Director Stuart Pringle is expecting a weekend attendance of up to 480,000 this year. That would make it one of the best attended Formula 1 events in history, behind only the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. Be sure to arrive early to beat the inevitable traffic and secure the best vantage points!
How much will I spend on a trip to the 2023 British Grand Prix?
The British Grand Prix is one of the more expensive to attend over the season. The average price of 3-day tickets for the event is the sixth most expensive of the 2023 season. General Admission tickets are the most expensive of the non-American races on this year’s calendar. This year, roving Friday grandstand access in not included in the General Admission ticket offer.
We estimate that the average fan will spend £990 on a trip to the 2023 British Grand Prix. That price includes a 3-day grandstand ticket, hotel accommodation and daily spending money. Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the 2023 British Grand Prix.
A packed weekend schedule
There’s not just six hours of Formula 1 cars on track to look forward to at the 2023 British Grand Prix. With three support series also appearing on the schedule, the track will rarely fall silent over the race weekend! There are two races from each of Formula 1’s feeder series, Formula 2 & Formula 3, while the popular Porsche Supercup makes a welcome return to Silverstone.
In addition, there will be a parade of historic F1 cars on each day of the race weekend. The theme for this year’s parade has not been announced. Last year, iconic British cars from Formula 1 history lapped the track. There will also be a demonstration lap from an Aston Martin car on Friday evening, celebrating the brand’s 110th anniversary, and Jenson Button will be taking to the track ahead of the race on Sunday in the the 1992 championship-winning Williams FW14B to celebrate Williams’ 800th Grand Prix.
Off track entertainment
It’s worth sticking around a little longer after the on-track action ends each day. There will be a range of concerts on the Main Stage and activities in the Fan Zone to soak up over the weekend. The concert zone has been expanded in 2023 to allow room for up to 40,000 fans, while the Fan Zone moves to a new location.
Silverstone will host headline concerts on each night of the 2023 British Grand Prix weekend. Jax Jones performs on Friday night, Black Eyed Peas headline on Saturday and Tom Grennan will close out the weekend after Sunday’s Grand Prix. In addition, for the first time, the venue also hosts an official launch event on Thursday evening. The event will be headlined by Calvin Harris, with support from Cat Burns and a guest appearance by Jess Glynne. Entrance to the event requires a ticket, for which you will have applied in a ballot earlier this year.
The Formula 1 drivers will be making appearances on the main stage across the weekend in the popular Fan Forum. It has also been confirmed that Guenther Steiner will appear in conversation with The Fast And The Curious podcast – hosted by Radio 1’s Greg James, Betty Glover and Christian Hewgill – ahead of the race on Sunday.
As always, the iconic Red Arrows will take to the skies above Silverstone ahead of the race on Sunday. There’s likely to be more air displays across the weekend – details of which are yet to be confirmed.
Heading to Silverstone for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.
Getting to Silverstone
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. More information, and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the Silverstone website.