Trackside at Silverstone – 2018 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 5-8, 2018.

The organizers always manage to pack in a full schedule of events at the British Grand Prix, so much so that the on-track action begins on Thursday again this year. In addition plenty of competitive on-track action, off-track activities include air displays, concerts, static displays and amusement rides. The circuit is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, so there will be additional on-track parades and trackside events to celebrate.

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.

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. Your actual seat is only reserved for you on Sunday.)


Read Getting There & Around for info about getting to Silverstone and circuit parking. The circuit is very well signposted and easy to navigate. Don’t forget that you are not allowed to bring any glass bottles.


  • Thursday, July 5: 14:00-21:45
  • Friday, July 6: 07:30-21:45
  • Saturday, July 7: 07:30-22:15
  • Sunday, July 8: 06:30-20:00

Silverstone: Need to Know

  • Click here to download the 2018 circuit map
  • Tune in to Silverstone radio on 87.7 FM to follow live commentary.
  • New F1 Vision handsets with video and live timing can be rented for 3 days and cost £89.
  • Download the official “F1 Grand Prix” app for IOS or Android for the full on-track schedule, interactive circuit map, details of trackside entertainment and more.
  • Access to the inside of the circuit (Inner Track) costs between £30-40 per day and is well worth the additional expense, especially if you want to get some driver autographs and check out the support race paddocks. More info here.
  • Want to get priority access to the circuit to secure your favorite viewing spot or just beat the queues entering the circuit? Silverstone is offering a Fast Track service this year that costs from £5 on Friday up to £30 on Sunday, or £40 for 3 days.

On-Track Action

In addition to 6+ hours of on-track F1 action over the weekend, there will also be a packed support schedule at this year’s British Grand Prix featuring Formula 2, GP3, Porsche Supercup and Masters Historic racing. The feature races for Formula 2 and GP3 are held on Saturday afternoon after F1 qualifying, followed by a shorter sprint race for both categories on Sunday morning. Masters Historic will stage its first race on Saturday morning and its second race on Sunday morning. There’s just one race for the Porsche Supercup cars, also on Sunday morning.

Thursday, July 5

  • 15:30-16:10: Masters Historic practice
  • 16:30-17:10: Williams Heritage demo
  • 18:00-19:00: Sky F1 show live recording (International Pits Straight)

Friday July 6

  • 08:35-09:20: GP3 practice
  • 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
  • 11:55-12:40: Formula 2 practice
  • 13:00-13:25: Masters Historic qualifying
  • 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
  • 15:45-16:00: Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade
  • 16:10-16:40: Formula 2 qualifying
  • 17:05-17:35: GP3 qualifying
  • 18:00-18:45: Porsche Supercup practice

Saturday, July 7

  • 08:45-09:15: Porsche Supercup qualifying
  • 09:40-10:10: Masters Historic first race
  • 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
  • 12:15-12:30: Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade
  • 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 qualifying
  • 15:45-16:50: Formula 2 feature race
  • 17:45-18:30: GP3 feature race

Sunday, July 8

  • 08:20-08:55: GP3 sprint race
  • 09:30-10:20: Formula 2 sprint race
  • 10:45-11:15: Masters Historic second race
  • 11:40-12:15: Porsche Supercup race
  • 12:20-12:30: Silverstone 70th Anniversary Parade
  • 12:30-13:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:10-16:10: 2018 British Grand Prix


A Pit Lane Walk for 3-day ticket holders is held on Thursday afternoon, but due to excess demand, access is granted via a ballot system and all successful fans are notified ahead of the event. Wristbands are strictly non-transferable, though many do appear online at high prices ahead of the race. Here are the times for 2018: 15:15-16:15: Gold wristbands / 16:15-17:15: Black wristbands / 17:15-18:40: Silver wristbands.


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. Click here for more information about the trackside entertainment at Silverstone this year.

Silverstone Concerts

The main stage at Silverstone has played host to several big (and small) names in music over the years. There’s no big-name concert requiring a separate ticket on Thursday night in 2018, but Katrina (from Katrina and the Waves) will be making an appearance. The post-race concert on Sunday evening will be headlined by Mel C, formerly of the Spice Girls. The F1 drivers will also be making several appearances on the Main Stage for the Fan Forum on Saturday after qualifying, and after the race on Sunday. Check the full lineup for the main stage below.

  • Thursday, 17:40:18:00: Suburban Symphony
  • Thursday, 19:00-20:30: Sara Cox Presents Just Can’t Get Enough 80s
  • Friday, 19:00-19:30: Dodgy
  • Friday, 19:35-20:05: Heather Small
  • Friday, 20:10-21:10: Jo Wiley Presents 90’s Indie Anthems
  • Saturday, 17:00-18:00: Formula 1 – Drivers Fan Forum
  • Saturday, 19:00-19:30: Ministry of Sound – Noughties Anthems 
  • Saturday, 19:40-20:40: Sonique
  • Saturday, 20:45-21:45: Brandon Block
  • Sunday, 16:30-17:00: Furnace and the Fundamentals 
  • Sunday, 17:00-18:30: Formula 1 – Drivers Appearances
  • Sunday, 18:30-19:30: Mel C


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.

Been to Silverstone for the British GP? Leave a comment below with your trackside tips!

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of 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.

  8. katy says:

    I’m buying 3 day general admission for 2018, how do i apply for pit lane walk tickets for the thursday?

    • Editor says:

      I think you just have to wait for communications from Silverstone, closer to the race weekend (probably around 2-3 months before the race, they launch the lottery).

      • Robert Ford says:

        3 weeks to go and I’ve heard nothing about a pit walk.

        • Robert Ford says:

          Ah – I’ve just seen the article further up this page regarding timed pit walks, using a ballot and colour of wrist-bands. Should I assume this will all become clear on entry.

  9. I’m buying 3 day general admission for 2018.

  10. sarah says:

    Hi, we are camping this year and I have one of those little pull along trolleys for our shairs, drinks etc, can I take it into silverstone from the campsite?

  11. Adam Baker says:

    Is it still the same rule for taking your own alcohol into the circuit this year ? No glass ?

  12. Eddie docherty says:

    Can I bring in my cans of beer in my cool bag this year at the F1 with my lunch it’s about a 20L bag

  13. sunnie cresswell says:

    What time would you suggest to get to the track for GA? Thanks

    • Editor says:

      On-track action begins soon after 8am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Up to you, but good advice is to check out different areas on Friday and Saturday, decide where you want to watch the race and then get there as early as you can to reserve a spot on Sunday

      • Steve says:

        Adding to that where would you suggest the best place for general admission 1st timers to sit/stand?? Thanks

  14. Jason Yord says:

    Where can I buy a ticket for the 2018 Sunday race. It’s Saturday already. I’m here in London and want to go and see the race live. I’m OK with the cheapest tickets and standing position.
    How much do these usually cost?
    Can I buy at the door when I get there?
    If not possible to by at the race track, where’s the best place to buy it from?
    Thank you.

    • Editor says:

      Sorry, I only just now saw your message. I was working at the track and very busy. You should have been able to buy at the track? Let me know how you got on.

  15. Nimat says:

    Me and my dad are planning to go to either Thursday or Friday for Silverstone 2019. Are autograph sessions only on thursday- if so what do we need to buy for it, and on Friday what do we need to buy to get pictures/autographs with the racers? We’ve never done this before and it’s a bit confusing x

    • Editor says:

      The pit lane walk is on Thursday, and this can be good for getting autographs. But the tickets are allocated based on a ballot, so you may not get them. Other autograph sessions are held over the course of the weekend, or you can go and hang out near the entrance to the Paddock, where the drivers come and go each day. Another option to get closer to the drivers would be to buy a package from F1 Experiences.

  16. Russell says:

    Hi, would buying a inner track pass give a better photography opportunity?

    • Editor says:

      It’s a good idea to buy it in general. For photographs of the cars on track, but also for better access to the drivers and teams. You can hang out near the Paddock entry/exit and get some photos of the drivers coming and going each days.

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