Race Facts – British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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Otherwise known as the “home of British motorsport,” Silverstone is in Northamptonshire, around 70 miles North West of London. The historic circuit was part of the original World Championship in 1950 and hosted the British Formula 1 Grand Prix for the 52nd time last year.

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 – 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. The most recent changes involved a substantial investment by the circuit’s 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 should 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. The only cloud over the future of the British Grand Prix involves money. The current contract includes an ‘escalator clause’ that increases the hosting fee payable to the Formula 1 group each year, and the circuit struggles to make a profit despite charging some of the highest ticket prices on the current calendar. Nevertheless,  Silverstone is one of the best attended Grands Prix on the current Formula 1 calendar. Race-day attendances have risen to almost 140 000 fans in recent years, with around 300 000 attending over the whole weekend.

The British GP: 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 new 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.
  • 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 Lewis Hamilton and Nigel Mansell (4 wins each), Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard (both 2 wins). Lewis Hamilton has won the race for the past 3 years in succession.
  • In 17 races, Jensen Button never won the British GP, or even stood on the podium.

Silverstone - Key Facts

Circuit NameSilverstone
Race first held 1950
Track Length5.891km (20 turns)
Race Distance52 laps (306.291 km)
Lap Record1:30.874, Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 2010
2016 result1st Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:34:55.831
2nd Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +8.250
3rd Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +16.911
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