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Location: Silverstone, Great Britain Track Length: 5.901 km Laps: 52 Lap Record: 1:27.369

Silverstone

Silverstone F1 circuit guide

A British Grand Prix has been on the Formula 1 calendar since the inaugural season in 1950, and Silverstone is its current home having hosted the first ever Formula One Grand Prix that year.

Located in the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England, this 3.66-mile circuit regularly attracts a crowd rivaled by very few other venues on the Formula 1 calendar, and in 2019 Silverstone topped the attendance charts for a race weekend.

Lewis Hamilton holds the lap record after setting a 1:27.369 in the 2019 race, while Valtteri Bottas' 1:25.093 to secure pole for that race is the outright lap record for the current layout which has been in use since 2011.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is an event steeped in tradition, but it's a circuit which has on several times come close to losing its grand prix since it became a permanent part of the calendar in 1987.

It had been agreed that Silverstone would host the British Grand Prix until 2009, at which point it would return to Donington.

However, the Donington Park leaseholders, Donington Ventures Leisure, went into administration and the race continued to be held at Silverstone.

Once again the race was under threat though come 2019 with no new deal in place after the event. But a new five-year contract for Silverstone was announced to keep it on the F1 calendar.

Silverstone F1 circuit information

Silverstone really does offer an all-round test for the drivers with a plentiful mix of high-speed sweeping turns and hard braking zones - there are 18 corners in total.

The iconic Maggots and Becketts section is known throughout the world of motor racing, and it has inspired the designs of several other circuits on the Formula 1 calendar, such as the Circuit of the Americas.

Turn 1 (Abbey) - A steady right-hander, almost flat-out for a modern Formula 1 car in qualifying trim.
Turn 2 (Farm) - A kink to the left taken at full throttle.
Turn 3 - Brake hard for this tight 90 degrees right.
Turn 4/5 (Arena) - A sharp left followed by a flat-out left to send drivers on to the Wellington Straight.
Turn 6 (Brooklands) - Hang on through the curving left that is Brooklands.
Turn 7 (Luffield) - And then send the car right for the opposite curve of Luffield. Suffering tyres can cost a driver serious lap time here.
Turn 8 (Woodcote) - Woodcote is a very gentle flat-out right to introduce drivers to the old pit straight.
Turn 9 (Copse) - Dull the throttle slightly and sweep right through Copse.
Turn 10/11 (Maggots) - The first part of this iconic section is a full-throttle left-to-right bend.
Turn 12/13 (Becketts) - Speed decreases all the while as the bend repeats but gets tighter.
Turn 14 (Chapel) - A very slight left bend before the Hangar Straight.
Turn 15 (Stowe) - Brake hard in Stowe and head right, upshifting as soon as possible.
Turn 16 (Vale) - Hard on the brakes again to go left at Vale, but the gravel awaits for anyone who gets it wrong.
Turn 17/18 (Club) - A slow right followed by a fast right to make it back onto the main straight.

Silverstone schedule: 2020 British F1 Grand Prix

The 2020 Formula 1 season will get underway in Austria from July 3-5 and, after much negotiation between Formula 1 chiefs, Silverstone officials and the UK government, an agreement was finally reached to hold two races at Silverstone which form rounds four and five on the revised calendar.

The traditional British Grand Prix will be held on July 31-August 2 and then the second race, known as the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, will be held the very next weekend on August 7-August 9.

Silverstone tickets: how to get them for the big race

The British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2020 will be held behind closed doors.

While the decision will of course be a disappointment to fans, it is the only way to keep people safe while ensuring that Formula 1 returns to our TV screens as soon as possible.

Fear not though because fans who held tickets for the 2020 event are entitled to a refund, or they can transfer their ticket to the 2021 British Grand Prix.

Silverstone ticket lowdown: things to note

When tickets for the race are available, fans can purchase them through the Formula 1 website where you will also find a variety of experiences to enhance the race weekend.

On top of this tickets will also be available to buy through the Silverstone Circuit website, gpticketshop.com and grandprixevents.com.

There is plenty of space in the main grandstand to see the drivers roar down the pit straight, as well as a handy spot of covered seating at the first turn (Abbey).

The vantage points continue through the Farm curve with seating following in Village A and B stands.

Paddock Club-seating gets you a nice view down the Wellington Straight and through Brooklands, while there are four stands at the Luffield and Woodcote corners.

There is numbered seating down the following straight before three sections of covered seating at Copse. The Silverstone Hospitality Club Six and Copse C 2 viewing area follow.

Further covered seating is available at Becketts and then three seated areas at Stowe.

As the lap comes to a close fans can plonk themselves at Vale with trackside and seated viewing spots, while the grandstands at Club complete the array of options.

Silverstone directions: how to get there

Silverstone is on the A43 in Northamptonshire, 8km (5miles) from Towcester and 9km (5.25miles) from both Brackley and Buckingham. It is easily reached by two motorways – the M1 and the M40.

Main line rail services from London and the regions are available at both Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Fans can also travel on the 87 bus which will stop adjacent to Copse Corner.

As for those traveling by air, Luton and Birmingham are the closest airports to the circuit, but both are around 50 miles away.

Address:

Silverstone Circuit
Towcester
England
NN12 8TN

Silverstone history, memorable races and past winners

'Mansell Mania' as it was known is an iconic sight when it comes to Silverstone. Fans would flood onto the circuit to celebrate when Nigel Mansell claimed victory, something he did on three occasions.

The 1992 World Champion would camp at Silverstone just like the fans did, enjoying a barbeque before watching the highlights, so it's no surprise that he built up a solid connection with the British fanbase.

“The most fantastic memories I have from Silverstone are of the camaraderie, the whole thing was a party from start to finish,” he reflected.

“The overriding favourite moment is the fans, one zillion per cent,” he adds. “Having one huge family supporting you at the British GP, I felt, gave me a minimum of half a second in my pocket.

“Maybe in qualifying, hanging on for the fans and hanging on for myself, I could maybe squeeze another second out of the car. It was just a fantastic occasion.”

Mansell Mania though is only part of Silverstone's rich history. It was in 1991 when we saw Mansell give his rival Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits after his McLaren ran out of fuel.

Speaking of McLaren, how about when Lewis Hamilton truly burst onto the scene in 2008 with that legendary wet-weather drive in front of the Silverstone crowd?

Or if it's a more controversial win that you're after, Michael Schumacher got about as controversial as you can get by winning the 1998 British Grand Prix at Silverstone by driving through the pit lane.

Drivers with most wins

Lewis Hamilton, 6 wins (2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Alain Prost, 5 wins (1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993)
Jim Clark, 3 wins (1963, 1965, 1967)
Nigel Mansell, 3 wins (1987, 1991, 1992)
Michael Schumacher, 3 wins (1998, 2002, 2004)

Teams with most wins

Ferrari, 14 wins (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2018)
McLaren, 12 wins (1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008)
Williams, 8 wins (1979, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997)
Mercedes, 6 wins (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Lotus, 3 wins (1963, 1965, 1967)
Red Bull, 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2012)

Last 10 wins

2010 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2011 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
2012 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
2013 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2016 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2017 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2018 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
2019 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes

Silverstone F1 circuit fastest lap

Both the qualifying and race lap records at the Silverstone Circuit in its current configuration were broken in 2019 by the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

Bottas set a new qualifying record when he put his Mercedes on pole for the 2019 British Grand Prix with a 1:25.093.

His team-mate at the time Hamilton then set a new race lap record with a 1:27.369.

Silverstone F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Lewis Hamilton: "The ultimate race circuit. This is a Grand Prix we can never lose. Formula 1 loses this and it loses so much of its essence." 

Lance Stroll: "The fans at Silverstone in the UK are amazing. Not only are they enthusiastic, but also really knowledgeable and they just love their motorsport."

Daniel Ricciardo: "My first ever F1 race was at Silverstone so it’s always a special one for me. I’ve always loved the circuit – it’s high speed, flowing and beautiful. Copse is flat and then into Maggots and Becketts is just epic."

British Grand Prix Schedule July 31-2

Practice 1 31 Jul 2020 11:00 AM
Practice 2 31 Jul 2020 3:00 PM
Practice 3 1 Aug 2020 12:00 PM
Qualifying 1 1 Aug 2020 3:00 PM
Qualifying 2 2 Aug 2020 3:25 PM
Qualifying 3 1 Aug 2020 3:48 PM
Race 2 Aug 2020 3:10 PM

British Grand Prix - 70th Anniversary Schedule August 7-9

Practice 1 7 Aug 2020 11:00 AM
Practice 2 7 Aug 2020 3:00 PM
Practice 3 8 Aug 2020 12:00 AM
Qualifying 1 8 Aug 2020 3:00 PM
Qualifying 2 8 Aug 2020 3:25 PM
Qualifying 3 8 Aug 2020 3:48 PM
Race 9 Aug 2020 3:10 PM