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Template:Country flagicon British Grand Prix
Silverstone
Silverstone Circuit 2010 version.png
Laps 52
Circuit length 5.901 km (3.667 miles)
Race length 306.747 km (190.604 miles)
Most wins by single driver Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark
Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost (5)
Most wins by single constructor Template:Country flagicon McLaren
Template:Country flagicon Ferrari (14)
Last race (2010):
Winner Template:Country flagicon Mark Webber
Winning constructor Red Bull-Renault
Winning time 1h 24m 38.200s
(217.457 km/h)
Pole time 1:29.615
Pole driver Template:Country flagicon Sebastien Vettel
Pole constructor Red Bull-Renault
Fastest lap 1:30.874
Fastest lap driver Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso
Fastest lap constructor Ferrari

The British Grand Prix is a race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is currently held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire. The British and Italian Grands Prix are the oldest continuously staged Formula One World Championship Grands Prix.

Grand Prix motor racing was first established in Britain by Henry Segrave at Brooklands in 1926 after his winning of the 1923 French Grand Prix and the San Sebastián Grand Prix the following year, which raised interest in the sport. The first ever British Grand Prix was won by the French team of Louis Wagner and Robert Sénéchal driving a Delage 155B. The second British Grand Prix was held at Brooklands in 1927. It was designated the European Grand Prix five times between 1950 and 1977, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one grand prix race in Europe.

Silverstone has hosted the race regularly since the start of the F1 championship in 1950 (in which it was the first race of the first ever official World Championship) and every year since 1987; it alternated with Brands Hatch between 1964 and 1986, and with Aintree (better known as a horse-racing course) between 1955 and 1962.

Before it was heavily modified in 1991, Silverstone was one of the fastest tracks on the Formula 1 calendar. The drivers loved the challenge of the sweeping and extremely demanding Copse, Stowe and Club corners. 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg held the all-time Formula 1 qualifying lap record for 16 years after posting fastest time for the 1985 British Grand Prix with an average speed of 258.983 km/h (160.92 mph).

In recent times Silverstone has produced many race wins by British drivers, such as John Watson (1981), Nigel Mansell (1987, 1991, 1992), Damon Hill (1994), Johnny Herbert (1995), David Coulthard (1999, 2000) and Lewis Hamilton (2008).

A dispute between Silverstone's owners, the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC), and the Formula One authorities in 2003 over the funding of necessary improvements to the track's facilities led to doubts over the future of the race.

In October 2004 the British Grand Prix was left off the preliminary race schedule for 2005 because the BRDC refused to pay the race fee demanded by Bernie Ecclestone. However, after months of negotiation between the BRDC, Ecclestone and the Formula One constructors, a deal was made for the Grand Prix to be held at Silverstone until 2009.

Despite the controversy and political bickering that has surrounded the future of the race in recent years, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone remains one of the world's premier motor racing events.

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Venues

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Venue (in chronological order) Years
Brooklands 1926, 1927
Silverstone 1948 to 1954
Aintree and Silverstone 1955 to 1960 (alternating yearly)
Aintree 1961, 1962
Silverstone and Brands Hatch 1963 to 1986 (alternating yearly)
Silverstone 1987 to present (contracted until 2026)

Winners

Multiple winners (drivers)

Embolded drivers are competing in the Formula One championship in the current season.</br>

Wins Driver Years
5 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993
4 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
3 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham 1959, 1960, 1966
Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda 1976, 1982, 1984
Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 1998, 2002, 2004
2 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari 1952, 1953
Template:Country flagicon José Froilán González 1951, 1954
Template:Country flagicon Stirling Moss 1955, 1957
Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart 1969, 1971
Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi 1972, 1975
Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve 1996, 1997
Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard 1999, 2000

Multiple winners (constructors)

Embolded teams are compeeting in the Formula One championship in the current season.</br> A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

# of wins Constructor Years won
14 Template:Country flagicon Ferrari 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1976, 1978, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
Template:Country flagicon McLaren 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008
10 Template:Country flagicon Williams 1979, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
8 Template:Country flagicon Lotus 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972
2 Template:Country flagicon Delage 1926, 1927
Template:Country flagicon Maserati 1948, 1949
Template:Country flagicon Cooper 1959, 1960
Template:Country flagicon Tyrrell 1971, 1974
Template:Country flagicon Renault 1983, 2006
Template:Country flagicon Red Bull 2009, 2010

By year

A pink background indicates an event which was not part of the Formula One World Championship.

Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2010 Template:Country flagicon Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Silverstone Report
2009 Template:Country flagicon Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Silverstone Report
2008 Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
2007 Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Silverstone Report
2006 Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault Silverstone Report
2005 Template:Country flagicon Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
2004 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari Silverstone Report
2003 Template:Country flagicon Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Silverstone Report
2002 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari Silverstone Report
2001 Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
2000 Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
1999 Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
1998 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari Silverstone Report
1997 Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1996 Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1995 Template:Country flagicon Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault Silverstone Report
1994 Template:Country flagicon Damon Hill Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1993 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1992 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1991 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1990 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Ferrari Silverstone Report
1989 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Silverstone Report
1988 Template:Country flagicon Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Silverstone Report
1987 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Silverstone Report
1986 Template:Country flagicon Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Brands Hatch Report
1985 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Silverstone Report
1984 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Brands Hatch Report
1983 Template:Country flagicon Alain Prost Renault Silverstone Report
1982 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1981 Template:Country flagicon John Watson McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1980 Template:Country flagicon Alan Jones Williams-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1979 Template:Country flagicon Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford Silverstone Report
1978 Template:Country flagicon Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Brands Hatch Report
1977 Template:Country flagicon James Hunt McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1976 Template:Country flagicon Niki Lauda Ferrari Brands Hatch Report
1975 Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1974 Template:Country flagicon Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1973 Template:Country flagicon Peter Revson McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1972 Template:Country flagicon Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1971 Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Silverstone Report
1970 Template:Country flagicon Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1969 Template:Country flagicon Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Silverstone Report
1968 Template:Country flagicon Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1967 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Ford Silverstone Report
1966 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Brands Hatch Report
1965 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Silverstone Report
1964 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Brands Hatch Report
1963 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Silverstone Report
1962 Template:Country flagicon Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Aintree Report
1961 Template:Country flagicon Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Aintree Report
1960 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Silverstone Report
1959 Template:Country flagicon Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Aintree Report
1958 Template:Country flagicon Peter Collins Ferrari Silverstone Report
1957 Template:Country flagicon Stirling Moss
Template:Country flagicon Tony Brooks
Vanwall Aintree Report
1956 Template:Country flagicon Juan-Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Silverstone Report
1955 Template:Country flagicon Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz Aintree Report
1954 Template:Country flagicon José Froilán González Ferrari Silverstone Report
1953 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari Ferrari Silverstone Report
1952 Template:Country flagicon Alberto Ascari Ferrari Silverstone Report
1951 Template:Country flagicon José Froilán González Ferrari Silverstone Report
1950 Template:Country flagicon Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Silverstone Report
1949 Template:Country flagicon Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati Silverstone Report
1948 Template:Country flagicon Luigi Villoresi Maserati Silverstone Report
1947
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1928
Not held
1927 Template:Country flagicon Robert Benoist Delage Brooklands Report
1926 Template:Country flagicon Louis Wagner
Template:Country flagicon Robert Sénéchal
Delage Brooklands Report

Sponsors

  • RAC British Grand Prix 1950-1970, 1995-1999
  • RAC Woolmark British Grand Prix 1971
  • John Player British Grand Prix 1972-1978
  • Marlboro British Grand Prix 1979-1985
  • Shell Oils British Grand Prix 1986-1988
  • Shell British Grand Prix 1989
  • Foster's British Grand Prix 1990-1993, 2000-2006
  • Hitachi British Grand Prix 1994
  • Santander British Grand Prix 2007- Present

See Also

Races in the Formula One championship:

Current

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Future
(confirmed)

New: Indian (2011)Template:· Russian (2014)
Returning: USA (2012)

Former

ArgentineTemplate:· AustrianTemplate:· Caesars PalaceTemplate:· DallasTemplate:· DetroitTemplate:· DutchTemplate:· FrenchTemplate:· Indy 500Template:· LuxembourgTemplate:· MexicanTemplate:· MoroccanTemplate:· PacificTemplate:· PescaraTemplate:· PortugueseTemplate:· San MarinoTemplate:· South AfricanTemplate:· SwedishTemplate:· SwissTemplate:· USA West

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