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Silverstone Circuit layout & records

Silverstone Circuit Details
Location:Great Britain, Silverstone
Race:British Grand Prix
Used Since:1950
Type:Closed Cricuit
 Lap Dist.:5.891 km

Lap Record

Lap Record:1:30.874 min
Date:11 July 2010
F1 Driver:Fernando Alonso
F1 Car:Ferrari F10
Speed:233,374 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole:1:29.607 min
Date:29 June 2013
F1 Driver:Lewis Hamilton
F1 Car:Mercedes W04
Speed:236,674 km/h

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Silverstone Circuit: three corners in detail

The Loop
This tight left hand corner was added when the circuit layout was revised for the 2010 British Grand Prix. Preceded by Village, a slow 2nd gear right hander taken at around 110kph, The Loop is the slowest corner on the circuit. Also taken in 2nd gear, the drivers slow down to between 85-90kph to negotiate this tricky corner. It is vitally important to get a good exit here, as it leads directly into Aintree, easily flat in the dry, and then the ensuing Wellington Straight. Delivering the exact torque requested by the driver to allow him to control his wheel slip and maximise the available traction is the key task for the engine engineer at this point. Last year’s winner Mark Webber was able to exploit this to the maximum, getting alongside Fernando Alonso down the Wellington Straight before outbraking him around the outside into Brooklands.

Alonso driving flat out in Copse Corner (2010)

Alonso driving flat out in Copse Corner (2010)

Copse
Much has been written about the Maggots and Becketts complex of curves and rightly so, but Copse, the right hander that precedes them, is equally impressive. At 265kph it is the second fastest corner on the circuit after Maggots, the latter actually being taken flat out. The drivers approach Copse at around 300kph on Silverstone circuit in 7th, sometimes shifting down to 6th for the blind entry, only very lightly kissing the brakes to avoid upsetting the balance of the car, before almost immediately applying full throttle at the exit. The time taken from the driver lifting off to being fully back on it again is less than one second. The challenge for engine engineers is therefore to allow the engine to effectively function as a switch, going from “fully off” to “fully on” almost instantaneously.

Vale
Vale is the last big stop of the lap, with drivers typically attempting to exploit the braking zone as much as possible to find that last extra tenth in Qualifying. In contrast to The Loop, the drivers approach Vale at high speed, typically around 275-280kph. Braking hard, it is possible to lock the rear wheels and compromise the entry and, in so doing, the exit. The drivers carry forward this penalty into Club, the 180° opening right hander that leads them onto the start finish straight. Get this corner right and the driver can be up a tenth, get it wrong and he can easily lose half a second. Engine engineers can help by providing the correct level of overrun support to stabilise the rear under braking, but they face almost the same conundrum! Too little and the driver locks the rears, too much and the driver struggles to slow the car down, potentially then locking the fronts.

 

Silverstone- The home of F1

As Bernie Ecclestone threatens to say goodbye to one legendary track, it is time for another to remind him that there is more to Formula One than money. Silverstone returns this weekend as it hosts the British Grands Prix, one of the most prestigious races on the calendar.

This weekend is special. Silverstone is set to host its 50th British Grands Prix, a truly remarkable achievement for a former World War airbase. And, despite the recent modifications, the track has retained its ‘old school’ feel.

Silverstone Entrance

Silverstone Circuit Entrance

The fast turns of Copse, Maggotts and Becketts are world famous. Stowe corner is the scene of many overtaking manoeuvre, while Brooklands and Luffield add a more technical challenge. Silverstone is held in high regard by all the drivers for its circuit, atmosphere and sadly, weather.

Thousands of fans have had their afternoons ruined by the typical British weather but without a splash of rain, you wouldn’t have the true experience of a weekend at Silverstone, the place where it all began.

The track still retains some of the WWII runways that were used as an RAF base. After the War finished in 1945, the site became abandoned before some locals decided to race around a makeshift track. In 1948 the site was leased by the Royal Automobile Club, who was looking for a place to stage a grands prix. The inaugural British Grands Prix was won by Italian Luigi Villoresi.

Two years later, and with a World Championship created for Formula One, Silverstone seemed the ideal race to kick it all off. The event was the first ever official Formula One race, and was attended by King George VI who remains the only British monarch to attend a grands prix. The first race was won by the first champion, Alfa Romeo’s Giuseppe Farina.

In the years that followed, early greats such as Alberto Ascari, Juan Manuel Fangio and Jack Brabham claimed wins. Sir Stirling Moss only ever won at Aintree. But through a dominant decade, it was the Brits that ruled the sixties. Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill changed the face of British Motor Sport. They were celebrities and inspired generations of racers. Hill never won at his home event but Clark and Stewart shared five Silverstone wins. Including successes elsewhere, Clark won the British Grands Prix five times, a joint record with Alain Prost.

The unique atmosphere and support from the crowd and a summer’s afternoon in the countryside had a happy knack of inspiring the home racers. 22 times a Brit has won his home race. James Hunt, John Watson, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert and David Coulthard ensured regular home success through the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Since then, it’s been slow progress as only Lewis Hamilton, in 2008, has provided a home win.

There have been some memorable races too. In 1976 James Hunt won, but was later disqualified, after protests made by Ferrari and Niki Lauda. Nigel Mansell, who had the heart of a lion, thrilled the crown by hunting down and passing Nelson Piquet in 1987. In 1991, after winning the race again, he gave a lift to stricken Ayrton Senna. In 2003, Rubens Barrichello came from the back to win a thriller and only last year, tyre explosions made the race a nervy classic.

Throughout the years the circuit, which is based just behind a sleepy Northamptonshire village, has had to compete with other notable British circuits for the right to stage the grands prix. Donnington, Aintree and Brands Hatch have all had their turn but in the end it has always returned to its rightful home. The home of British Motor Sport and, proudly, Formula One: Silverstone.

 

Previous F1 GP Winners on Silverstone Circuit

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20152015 British F1 GP result5 July1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
52
52
52
20142014 British F1 GP result6 July1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
Austria Red Bull
52
52
52
20132013 British F1 GP result30 June1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
52
52
52
20122012 British Grand Prix result8 July1 Australia Mark Webber
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
52
52
52
20112011 British Grand Prix result10 July1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Australia Mark Webber
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
52
52
52
20102010 British Grand Prix result11 July1 Australia Mark Webber
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Germany Nico Rosberg
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
Germany Mercedes
52
52
52
20092009 British Grand Prix result21 June1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Brawn
60
60
60
20082008 British Grand Prix result6 July1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Switzerland BMW Sauber
Japan Honda
60
60
60
20072007 British Grand Prix result8 July1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
59
59
59
20062006 British Grand Prix result11 June1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
20052005 British Grand Prix result10 July1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
20042004 British Grand Prix result11 July1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
20032003 British Grand Prix result20 July1 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
20022002 British Grand Prix result7 July1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
60
60
60
20012001 British Grand Prix result15 July1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
20002000 British Grand Prix result23 April1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
19991999 British Grand Prix result11 July1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
60
60
60
19981998 British Grand Prix resultJuly 121 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
19971997 British Grand Prix result13 July1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Austria Alexander Wurz
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
59
59
59
19961996 British Grand Prix result14 July1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 Austria Gerhard Berger
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom McLaren
61
61
61
19951995 British Grand Prix result16 July1 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
2 France Jean Alesi
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
61
61
61
19941994 British Grand Prix result10 July1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
19931993 British Grand Prix result11 July1 France Alain Prost
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
59
59
59
19921992 British Grand Prix resultJuly 121 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
59
59
59
19911991 British Grand Prix resultJuly 141 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Austria Gerhard Berger
3 France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
59
59
59
19901990 British Grand Prix resultJuly 151 France Alain Prost
2 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
64
64
64
19891989 British Grand Prix resultJuly 161 France Alain Prost
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3 Italy Alessandro Nannini
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
64
64
64
19881988 British Grand Prix resultJuly 101 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3 Italy Alessandro Nannini
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
65
65
65
19871987 British Grand Prix resultJuly 121 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
65
65
64
19851985 British Grand Prix resultJuly 211 France Alain Prost
2 Italy Michele Alboreto
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
France Ligier
65
64
64
19831983 British Grand Prix resultJuly 161 France Alain Prost
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet
3 France Patrick Tambay
France Renault
United Kingdom Brabham
Italy Ferrari
67
67
67
19811981 British Grand Prix resultJuly 181 United Kingdom John Watson
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
68
68
67
19791979 British Grand Prix resultJuly 141 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
2 France René Arnoux
3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United Kingdom Williams
France Renault
United Kingdom Tyrrell
68
68
67
19771977 British Grand Prix resultJuly 161 United Kingdom James Hunt
2 Austria Niki Lauda
3 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus
68
68
68
19751975 British Grand Prix resultJuly 191 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
2 Brazil Carlos Pace
3 South Africa Jody Scheckter
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom Tyrrell
56
55
55
19731973 British Grand Prix resultJuly 141 United Kingdom Peter Revson
2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom McLaren
67
67
67
19711971 British Grand Prix resultJuly 171 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson
3 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Tyrrell
United Kingdom March
United Kingdom Lotus
68
68
68
19691969 British Grand Prix resultJuly 191 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx
3 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
France Matra
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom McLaren
84
83
83
19671967 British Grand Prix resultJuly 151 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 New Zealand Denny Hulme
3 New Zealand Chris Amon
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Brabham
Italy Ferrari
80
80
80
19651965 British Grand Prix resultJuly 101 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 United Kingdom Graham Hill
3 United Kingdom John Surtees
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom BRM
Italy Ferrari
80
80
80
19631963 British Grand Prix resultJuly 201 United Kingdom Jim Clark
2 United Kingdom John Surtees
3 United Kingdom Graham Hill
United Kingdom Lotus
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BRM
82
82
82
19601960 British Grand Prix resultJuly 161 Australia Jack Brabham
2 United Kingdom John Surtees
3 United Kingdom Innes Ireland
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Lotus
77
77
77
19581958 British Grand Prix resultJuly 191 United Kingdom Peter Collins
2 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
3 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
75
75
75
19561956 British Grand Prix resultJuly 141 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2 United Kingdom Peter Collins
3 France Jean Behra
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
101
100
99
19541954 British Grand Prix resultJuly 171 Argentina José Froilán González
2 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
3 Argentina Onofre Marimón
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
90
90
89
19531953 British Grand Prix resultJuly 181 Italy Alberto Ascari
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Italy Nino Farina
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
Italy Ferrari
90
90
88
19521952 British Grand Prix resultJuly 191 Italy Alberto Ascari
2 Italy Piero Taruffi
3 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
85
84
83
19511951 British Grand Prix resultJuly 141 Argentina José Froilán González
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Italy Luigi Villoresi
Italy Ferrari
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Ferrari
90
90
88
19501950 British Grand Prix resultMay 131 Italy Nino Farina
2 Italy Luigi Fagioli
3 United Kingdom Reg Parnell
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Alfa Romeo
70
70
70

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