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
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.