Race Facts – British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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Silverstone, known as the “home of British motorsport,” was part of the original World Championship in 1950 and has hosted the British Grand Prix more than 50 times. Silverstone will host the British Grand Prix for what could be the final time on 11-14 July, 2019. 

Built on the site of a World War II airfield, Silverstone 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 and 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 others being Monaco, Spa and Monza). The layout of Silverstone has undergone significant changes over the years, mostly in a bid to reduce speed and increase safety.

After almost losing the rights to the British Grand Prix to rival Donington Park circuit in the late 2000s, the owners of Silverstone (the British Racing Drivers’ Club, or BRDC) signed a new 17-year deal in 2010 which should have guaranteed Silverstone’s place on the Formula 1 calendar until at least 2027. Unfortunately, the contract includes an ‘escalator clause’ that increases the hosting fee payable to the Formula 1 group each year, and the circuit has struggled to make a profit despite attracting the second highest attendances on the current calendar (almost 350,000 on race weekend in 2017.) A few days before the 2017 British GP, the BRDC activated a break clause in their contract with Formula 1. Unless Silverstone’s owners can negotiate a better deal with Formula 1, the 2019 British Grand Prix will be the last.

British Grand Prix: did you know?

  • At 5.891km, Silverstone is the third longest F1 circuit on the current calendar. Only Spa Francorchamps in Belgium (7.004km) and the Baku City Circuit (6.003km) are longer.
  • Together with Italy, Britain is the only country to have held a Grand Prix in every year of the World Championship since 1950.
  • Lewis Hamilton, Jim Clark and Alain Prost jointly hold the record for most British GP wins, with five apiece. Hamilton won four consecutive races at Silverstone from 2014-2017.
  • A total of twelve British drivers have won the British Grand Prix. Other multiple British GP winners include Nigel Mansell (4 wins), Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard (both 2 wins).
  • In 17 races, Jenson Button never won the British GP, or even stood on the podium.
  • In both 1963 and 1965, the British Grand Prix podium at Silverstone was comprised exclusively of British drivers. Jim Clark won both events, and he was joined on the rostrum by Jim Clark and Graham Hill both times.
  • The lowest grid position a podium finish has come from at Silverstone is 28th. This happened at the 1954 British GP, when Onofre Marimón finished third having started from 28th in a 30-car field.
  • There is yet to be a British GP at Silverstone in which all the top three on the grid finish the race in the same order.
  • If he takes pole at the 2019 British GP, Lewis Hamilton will set a new record for most poles at his home event. The current record is shared between Hamilton and Ayrton Senna, who started the Brazilian GP from pole six times.
  • Nigel Mansell once claimed that racing in front of a home crowd can be worth tenths of a second off the lap time and, while there’s a lack of scientific fact behind the claim, Mansell certainly did excel at the Silverstone circuit and set the fastest lap of a race here six times during his career – more than any other driver!
Circuit NameSilverstone
Race first held1950
Track Length5.891km (18 turns)
Race Distance52 laps (306.291km)
Lap Record1:30.621, Lewis Hamiton (Mercedes), 2017
2018 Result1st Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 1:27:29.784
2nd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +2.264s
3rd Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +3.652s
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