Learn more about the trackside experience at Silverstone for the 2021 British Grand Prix on July 16-18, including advice on entry requirements, trackside activities and on-track action.
This post will be fully updated for 2021 when the on-track schedule is available, around 1 month before race weekend. In the meantime, most of the information and advice below remains relevant. All images © F1Destinations.com
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. You can also check out the new Silverstone Experience museum.
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.
Silverstone Access & Orientation
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 or cooler boxes larger than 20 litres or BBQs. Click here for more information on security and entry requirements.
Opening Hours on British Grand Prix weekend
- Thursday, July 11: 14:00-TBC (only holders of 3-day tickets can gain entry)
- Friday, July 12: 07:30-22:30 (07:00 Fast Track)
- Saturday, July 13: 07:30-21:45 (07:00 Fast Track)
- Sunday, July 14: 06:30-20:00 (06:00 Fast Track)
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, Formula 1, Porsche Supercup and Masters Historic racing. The feature races for Formula 2 and Formula 3 are held on Saturday, followed by a shorter sprint race for both categories on Sunday morning. Masters Historic will also stage two races on Saturday. There’s just one race for the Porsche Supercup cars, on Sunday morning.
- 11:30-12:00: Brawn demo laps (high speed)
- 15:15-15:40: Masters Historic practice
- 15:50-16:20: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
- 16:30-19:30: 3 Day Ticket Holders’ Pit Lane Walk (Competition Winners Only)
- 08:35-09:20: Formula 3 practice
- 10:00-11:30: Formula 1 practice (FP1)
- 11:55-12:40: Formula 2 practice
- 12:45-13:15: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
- 14:00-15:30: Formula 1 practice (FP2)
- 15:55-16:25: Formula 2 qualifying
- 16:50-17:20: Formula 3 qualifying
- 17:45-18:30: Porsche Supercup practice
- 18:55-19:25: Masters Historic qualifying
- 20:00-20:20: Heritage Demonstration Laps (High Speed)
- 08:20-08:50: Masters Historic first race
- 09:25-10:10: Formula 3 first race
- 11:00-12:00: Formula 1 practice (FP3)
- 12:15-12:35: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
- 14:00-15:00: Formula 1 qualifying
- 15:45-16:50: Formula 2 feature race
- 17:15-:17:45: Porsche Supercup qualifying
- 18:10-18:40: Masters Historic second race
- 19:20-19:35: Heritage Demonstration Laps (High Speed)
- 19:40-20:10: Formula Student Demonstration (High Speed)
- 08:45-09:30: Formula 3 sprint race
- 10:00-10:50: Formula 2 sprint race
- 11:15-11:50: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race
- 12:00-12:20: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
- 12:30-13:00: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade
- 13:00-13:15: Starting Grid Presentation
- 13:30-13:50: Red Arrows Air Display (TBC)
- 14:10-16:10: 2019 British Grand Prix
Pit Lane Walk
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.
Fanzone & Trackside Entertainment
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.
British Grand Prix Concerts
The main stage at Silverstone has played host to several big (and small) names in music over the years. British band Razorlight will headline on Friday night at the 2019 British GP, while Craig David is the star of Saturday’s concert . The F1 drivers will also be making an appearance on the Main Stage after the race on Sunday, where the headline band will be Soul II Soul.
Silverstone Food & Drink
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. Check bar tariffs from Silverstone 2019.