Guide to the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit

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Having been built atop an old airfield, the Silverstone circuit is very flat and is made up of a series of long straights connected by fast open corners. It is a technically difficult track, but a favourite among drivers. Enthusiasts and drivers alike are divided about their take on the track. Some like the track, because it is fast and combines some of the most famous corners in racing history, while others consider Silverstone to be a flat, characterless track. Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between. The lap record is held by Fernando Alonso, with 1:30.874 seconds, posted in 2010.

British GP

Teams consider Silverstone to be one of the fastest circuits on the current F1 calendar, with the Becketts complex considered to be the best corner of any racing circuit track. The track is a mixture of high and low speed corners, with some long straights, making the track physically demanding for the drivers. Overtaking is notoriously difficult, but not impossible. The British Grand Prix is run over 52 laps, with a total distance of 306.757 kms (190.604 mi).

Due to the age of the track, Silverstone has seen its share of changes. The first major ones came in 1987, when an additional corner, Bridge Bend, was added just before Woodcote, and the chicane was removed for safety reasons. This altered the length of the track to 4.75 kms (2.97mi). A major revision of the layout of the track was done in 1991, taming some of the notoriously fast corners, such as Maggotts and Stowe. These revisions in turn increased the length of the track to 5.19 kms (3.25mi), and this remained unchanged until 1995. Several other changes have brought the Silverstone track to its current length of 5.901 kms (3.667 mi), including the use of the ‘Arena’ configuration in 2010. In 2011, Silverstone added a new pit complex and the Bridge section was removed.

In 1999, an impressive new clubhouse was built on the inside of the Woodcote corner, and boasts some of the best views on the circuit. The circuit management has continued to invest in the circuit, with better grandstand seats, pit area, access road and amenities. The circuit now has a capacity of 90,000 spectators for general admission and 60,000 grandstand seats.

On non-race weekends, it is possible to drive your own car around the race track and get that F1 feeling! But beware, many enthusiasts have accidentally totalled or flipped their car on the track.

Introduction  |  Circuit details  |  Transportation Accommodation  |  Results