The Silverstone F1 race track history is fascinating. It was built in 1943 on a disused former RAF airfield and four years later was being used for motor racing on an ad-hoc basis. It is currently the only track in the UK which is eligible to host the British Grand Prix. The shape of the track at Silverstone results in a terrific weekend of entertainment each July often providing unexpected British Grand Prix race results
Silverstone has undergone various refurbishments and redesigns over the years including a re-shape of the corners in 1997 to increase the flow of the race. Every single corner on the British Grand Prix circuit has an individual name; these include Stowes, Aintree and Woodcote.
Silverstone has a number of circuits available with the New Grand Prix circuit being used from 2010 race onwards. Changing from the classic circuit was a key moment in Silverstone circuit history.
There have been some remarkable British Grand Prix results over the years and each visitors will possess their own memories of the event. Jack Stewart setting a new lap record in 1971 and Ayrton Senna winning on debut in 1988 are just two examples.
In 2010, the race was set to move to nearby Donington Park but the move fell through. Racing purists were relieved that history and the Silverstone circuit layout remain in place.
|The official name of the track||Silverstone Circuit|
|Location||Silverstone Circuit, United Kingdom|
|Geographical coordinates||52°4′43″N 1°1′1″W|
|The length of the route||5.891 km (3.66 mi)|
|The number of turns||18|
|The lap record in the race||1:30.621 (United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 2017, F1)|
On July 10th 2016 Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of the rest of the field. The Stevenage-born driver won the race for the 4th time at the British Grand Prix Circuit .
Hamilton was driving for Mercedes who have won the race for four consecutive seasons becoming regular winners at the Silverstone track. His team-mate Nico Rosberg was leading the championship heading into the race but could only finish third on this occasion. The German did clock the fastest lap of the race in 1:35:548.
Red Bull prevented a Mercedes 1-2 on the podium as Max Verstappen finished second in the race. The 19-year-old wasn’t able to add his name to the list of Winners at the Silverstone GP track in 2016.
Daniel Riccardo finished 4th with Kimi Raikkonen back in 5th. Jenson Button was the second highest finishing Englishman coming home in 12th.
Previous British Grand Prix race winner Sebastian Vettel could only finish 9th in the race. His team Red Bull won the race three times between 2009 and 2012 but haven’t been able to replicate that success since.
Lewis Hamilton will start as the favourite once again at the British Grand Prix circuit. The Brit will be determined to win his fourth consecutive British Grand Prix in front of a passionate home crowd. There will be no return for Nico Rosberg, who retired at the end of last season after wrapping up the Championship.
Will we see a new name add themselves to the list of F1 British Grand Prix Winners? Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas has already started one race on pole this season and won the Russian Grand Prix, he could be very competitive at the Silverstone Circuit. The Finn did come second in the British Grand Prix back in 2014 racing for the Williams team.
Jenson Button replaced Fernando Alonso for the Monaco Grand Prix in 2017 but the Spaniard hasn’t won since the significant Silverstone track changes and will be determined to find success again.
The historic Silverstone track is set to play host to the British Grand Prix for the 68th time and it is set to be yet another fascinating race. Who will emerge as the winner at the Silverstone track?