Trackside at Silverstone – 2021 British Grand Prix

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. 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 has begun on Thursday in recent years. Silverstone will also host the first sprint qualifying race for Formula 1 this year. In addition to 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.

Silverstone opening hours for the 2021 British Grand Prix

  • Thursday, July 15: TBC
  • Friday, July 16: 07:00-TBC
  • Saturday, July 17: 07:00-TBC
  • Sunday, July 18: 06:00-TBC

On-Track Action

The full on-track schedule for the 2021 British Grand Prix has not yet been released, though we have listed the Formula 1 session times for 2021 below.  It has been announced that Formula 1 will launch a new sprint qualifying format at this year’s British Grand Prix. Traditional qualifying moves to Friday early in the evening and a short sprint race will now be held on Saturday afternoon, in additional to two 1-hour practice sessions on Friday morning and Saturday morning.

The main support categories at the 2021 British Grand Prix will be Formula 2 (three races are planned across the weekend), the all-female W Series and the Porsche Supercup. Details of other support categories have not yet been announced, but historic racing and demonstrations often take place at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix. The Red Arrows air display is another regular feature of the schedule at Silverstone.

Friday July 16

  • 14:30-15:30: Formula 1 free practice (FP1)
  • 18:00-19:00: Formula 1 qualifying

Saturday July 17

  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 free practice (FP2)
  • 16:30-17:00: Formula 1 sprint qualifying

Sunday July 18

  • 15:00-17:00: 2021 Formula 1 British Grand Prix (52 laps or 2 hours)

Pit Lane Walk

A Pit Lane Walk for 3-day ticket holders is normally 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. Details of the pit lane walk at the 2021 British Grand Prix have not yet been announced.

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.

2021 British Grand Prix concerts

The main stage at Silverstone has played host to several big (and small) names in music over the years. The F1 drivers also normally make an appearance on the Main Stage after the race on Sunday. Headline acts have not yet been announced for this year. In 2021, Silverstone is selling tickets for a launch party on Friday night (sold out already) and an after party on Sunday night (tickets are 100 GBP, buy here). The launch and after parties are for 18+ only.

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.

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

46 thoughts on “Trackside at Silverstone – 2021 British Grand Prix”

  1. Mick Nicholson

    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. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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).

        1. 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.

  5. 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?

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

  7. Eddie docherty

    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

    1. 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

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

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

  9. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. I’m taking my caravan to Litchlake Farm across the road from Silverstone itself for the GP next month. I have 3 day tickets, can I leave the track and go back in again or is it a case of “when you’re in you’re in”?

        1. Pass outs are fine (I’m staying at litchlake too) just make sure you get your hand stamped on the way out.

  11. When is the best time to see drivers at the paddock entry on the friday for the best chance of seeing some in the inner track area

    1. Hi Gilly,
      Smart casual I think. You should be dressed well, but no need to go over the top. You still need to be comfortable.

  12. Hi,
    Does anyone know the cost of the radios on sale at the track for listening to the Silverstone commentary?

  13. Raymond Exley

    We have been given some courtesy numbered wrist bands and told that they will get us into the circuit is that correct?

    1. No idea, but I guess you will find out at the gate! Perhaps they are only for “Inner Track” – you still need a regular ticket to enter the track before you can use these ones

  14. anita hetherington

    Hello, Ive been informed that they only allow you through the gates with only 4 cans of alcohol per person. Is this the case as cant find anything on the website stating this.

  15. James netherfield

    Hi , could you tell me please what access you have with an F1 fanzine ticket ? And what would best place to watch race with these tickets

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