The British Grand Prix is held at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire. It’s an historic track, having hosted the very first Grand Prix to count towards the first Formula 1 World Championship back in 1950.
The Silverstone track is 5.8 kilometres long and its layout consists of 18 corners, making it one of the most technically demanding of the season. The drivers love the flowing nature of the corners which require a high level of downforce to ensure a very precise turn-in to the corners. One of the delights here is to see the cars dance through the esses of Maggots, Becketts and Chapel (Turns 10-14), which gets the adrenalin rushing.
Silverstone circuit is possibly the least demanding track when it comes to brakes, as drivers only spend 8% of the lap with their left foot jammed on the brake pedal. The flowing nature of the track and the wide radius turns don’t require much retardation. However, if the weather turns nasty, then keep the whole braking system up to temperature can be problematic, leading to glazing of the discs.
Silverstone Circuit is a favourite venue for local hero Lewis Hamilton, who has won here no less than five times, as has French world champion Alain Prost. The most team wins have gone to Ferrari who can claim 14 of them!
FIRST GRAND PRIX: 1950
NUMBER OF LAPS: 52
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 5.891 KM
RACE DISTANCE: 306.198 KM
LAP RECORD: 1:30.621 – Lewis Hamilton (2017)
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