British Grand Prix

Silverstone Circuit

First grand prix 1926

Number of laps 52

Race distance 306.291KM

Circuit length 5.891KM

About the British Grand Prix

The British Grand Prix is one of the biggest events on the Formula 1 calendar and with it being a home race for a large proportion of the teams on the grid, it is one that everybody wants to win. 

It has delivered some great races over the years and the British fans are known for their enthusiasm and especially their support of the British drivers on the grid. Lewis Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell will all want to deliver on home soil. 

As with many of the races last season, fans weren’t allowed in but F1 raced twice at the circuit in the 2020 season showing how highly a respected circuit it is within the sport.

Silverstone Track guide

The current Silverstone circuit is very much made for high speed.

The start/finish begins at the start of the ‘Club’ straight, in which drivers go flat-out down towards turn 1 (Abbey) and turn 2 (Farm). Staying flat-out through turns 1 and 2 towards the hard braking right turn 3 (Village) before maintaining a low speed to navigate the left hairpin turn 4 (The Loop).

A brief sprint to the left-hand turn 5 (Aintree) before coming to the first DRS straight of the track known as the Wellington Straight. Drivers drop down gears to enter the left turn 6 (Brooklands) and the right hairpin of turn 7 (Luffield), before going flat-out through turn 8 (Woodcote) towards turn 9 (Copse).

Turn nine is a difficult right-hand corner in which drivers attack it at a speed of 175 mph in the dry. This then follows onto another difficult section of the Maggots, Becketts and Chapel combination of corners.

These corners are done at speeds around 130 mph through a series of left/right/left/right/left where drivers have to maintain a speed quick enough to not lose time, but also have enough grip and the best line going into the Hangar Straight.

Turn 15 (Stowe) after the Hangar Straight is a right-hander taken at 125 mph and a good overtaking opportunity after the DRS used on the straight. After turn fifteen it's down to the last slow part of the track, slowing down a lot for the left of turn 16 before accelerating through the turns 17 and 18 before going back onto the pit straight.

Race history

For the first five years, Silverstone was used as the circuit for the British Grand Prix from 1950-54. Giuseppe Farina won the first race for Alpha Romeo before Ferrari dominated the next four races held there.

Between the years of 1955 and 1962 the British Grand Prix venue was shared by Silverstone and Aintree. During these years we saw the first British winner of the British Grand Prix in Stirling Moss the first year it was held at Aintree in 1955. He later went on to win it again at the same venue in 1957.

1962 was the last race at Aintree, won by Jim Clarke, the first of his five British GP victories. He then went on to win the next three as the venue returned to Silverstone and started to share with Brands Hatch every other year up until 1986.

During these years, winners included Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda, James Hunt, John Watson, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell.

Since 1987 Silverstone has held the British GP with record numbers of crowd appearance turning up in support. After the events at Imola in 1994, parts of the track were altered to slow certain areas down to increase safety and lessen the risk of any crashes happening.

Michael Schumacher broke his leg in 1999 after crashing heavily at Stowe, which put him out of Championship contention after having to miss races.

Lewis Hamilton won his first British GP in his Championship winning season of 2008.

The 2021 British Grand Prix 

England is the birthplace of Formula 1. After all, it was here that the first Grand Prix was held. Even now, Silverstone is the Grand Prix of the season that many teams impatiently look forward to. 

Fast straights, technical cornering and above all a lot of speed. Properties that have been preserved in spite of the major renovation of almost ten years ago. The first sector does slow the drivers down, but the current F1 cars have so much grip that the average speed has only gone up. Moreover, the hairpin offers extra overtaking possibilities.

Session Date Time
Practice 1 16 July 2021 06:30 - 07:30
Practice 2 16 July 2021 10:00 - 11:00
Practice 3 17 July 2021 07:00 - 08:00
Qualifying 17 July 2021 10:00 - 11:00
Race 18 July 2021 10:00 - 12:00
Times are in America/New_York Timezone
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