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United Kingdom British Grand Prix
Silverstone Circuit 2010 version
Silverstone
Race Information
Laps 52
Circuit length 5.901 km (3.667 mi)
Race length 306.747 km (190.604 mi)
Number of times held 67
First held 1950 (Formula One World Championship)
Most wins (drivers) United Kingdom Jim Clark

France Alain Prost (5)

Most wins (constructors) Italy Ferrari (15)
Last race (2012):
Pole position Spain Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

1:51.746

Podium 1. Australia Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)

2. Spain Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

3. Germany Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)

Fastest Lap Finland Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus-Renault)

1:34.661

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.

HistoryEdit

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 (which in its last years, each corner was taken progressively faster than the one before it). 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).

Twelve British drivers have won the British Grand Prix, with Englishman Stirling Moss being the first and Scotsman Jim Clark winning 5 times, the most of any driver other than French driver Alain Prost, who also won the British Grand Prix 5 times (all of them at Silverstone). 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.

On 4 July 2008, it was announced that Donington Park had been awarded the contract to host the British Grand Prix for 10 years from 2010.However, Donington failed to secure the necessary funding to host the race, and its contract was terminated in November 2009. On 7 December 2009, Silverstone signed a 17 year contract to host the British Grand Prix from 2010 onwards. The 2010 race saw a new circuit configuration being used, using the brand new "Arena" layout.

VenuesEdit

Venue (in chronological order) Years
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)

SponsersEdit

  • 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

WinnersEdit

Multiple winners (drivers)Edit

Wins Driver Years
5 United Kingdom Jim Clark 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
France Alain Prost 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993
4 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992
3 Australia Jack Brabham 1959, 1960, 1966
Austria Niki Lauda 1976, 1982, 1984
Germany Michael Schumacher 1998, 2002, 2004
2 Italy Alberto Ascari 1952, 1953
Argentina José Froilán González 1951, 1954
United Kingdom Stirling Moss 1955, 1957
United Kingdom Jackie Stewart 1969, 1971
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 1972, 1975
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 1996, 1997
United Kingdom David Coulthard 1999, 2000
Spain Fernando Alonso 2006, 2011
Australia Mark Webber 2010, 2012

Multiple winners (constructors)Edit

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

# of wins Constructor Years won
15 Italy Ferrari 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1958, 1961, 1976, 1978, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011
14 United Kingdom McLaren 1973, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2008
10 United Kingdom Williams 1979, 1980, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997
8 United Kingdom Lotus 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972
3 Austria Red Bull 2009, 2010, 2012
2 France Delage 1926, 1927
Italy Maserati 1948, 1949
United Kingdom Cooper 1959, 1960
United Kingdom Tyrrell 1971, 1974
France Renault 1983, 2006

By yearEdit

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


Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2012 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Silverstone Report
2011 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari Report
2010 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Report
2009 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault Report
2008 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes Report
2007 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Report
2006 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault Report
2005 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes Report
2004 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2003 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Report
2002 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
2001 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
2000 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Report
1999 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Report
1998 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
1997 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1996 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Report
1995 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault Report
1994 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault Report
1993 France Alain Prost Williams-Renault Report
1992 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Report
1991 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Report
1990 France Alain Prost Ferrari Report
1989 France Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Report
1988 Brazil Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Report
1987 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Report
1986 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Brands Hatch Report
1985 France Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Silverstone Report
1984 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Brands Hatch Report
1983 France Alain Prost Renault Silverstone Report
1982 Austria Niki Lauda McLaren-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1981 United Kingdom John Watson McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1980 Australia Alan Jones Williams-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1979 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Williams-Ford Silverstone Report
1978 Argentina Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Brands Hatch Report
1977 United Kingdom James Hunt McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1976 Austria Niki Lauda Ferrari Brands Hatch Report
1975 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1974 South Africa Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1973 United States Peter Revson McLaren-Ford Silverstone Report
1972 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Ford Silverstone Report
1970 Austria Jochen Rindt Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1969 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart Matra-Ford Silverstone Report
1968 Switzerland Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1967 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Ford Silverstone Report
1966 Australia Jack Brabham Brabham-Repco Brands Hatch Report
1965 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Silverstone Report
1964 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Brands Hatch Report
1963 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Silverstone Report
1962 United Kingdom Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Aintree Report
1961 Germany  Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Report
1960 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Silverstone Report
1959 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Aintree Report
1958 United Kingdom Peter Collins Ferrari Silverstone Report
1957 United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Tony Brooks
Vanwall Aintree Report
1956 Argentina Juan-Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Silverstone Report
1955 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Mercedes-Benz Aintree Report
1954 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari Silverstone Report
1953 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Report
1952 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari Report
1951 Argentina José Froilán González Ferrari Report
1950 Italy Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Report
1949 Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati Silverstone Report
1948 Italy Luigi Villoresi Maserati Report
1947
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1928
Not held
1927 France Robert Benoist Delage Brooklands Report
1926 France Louis Wagner
France Robert Sénéchal
Delage Report

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