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Silverstone Circuit layout & records

Silverstone Circuit Details Lap Record Pole Record
Location: Great Britain, Silverstone Lap Record: 1:30.874 min Record Pole: 1:29.607 min
Race: British Grand Prix Date: 11 July 2010 Date: 29 June 2013
Used Since: 1950 F1 Driver: Fernando Alonso F1 Driver: Lewis Hamilton
Type: Closed Cricuit F1 Car: Ferrari F10 F1 Car: Mercedes W04
 Lap Dist.: 5.891 km Speed: 233,374 km/h 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.

Silverstone Circuit layout & records

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 Circuit layout & records

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
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 British F1 GP result 6 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Valtteri Bottas
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Daniel Ricciardo
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2013 2013 British F1 GP result 30 June 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2012 2012 British Grand Prix result 8 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2011 2011 British Grand Prix result 10 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
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2010 2010 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mercedes
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2009 2009 British Grand Prix result 21 June 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mark Webber
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Brawn
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2008 2008 British Grand Prix result 6 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nick Heidfeld
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records BMW Sauber
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Honda
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2007 2007 British Grand Prix result 8 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2006 2006 British Grand Prix result 11 June 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Renault
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2005 2005 British Grand Prix result 10 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Renault
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2004 2004 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2003 2003 British Grand Prix result 20 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2002 2002 British Grand Prix result 7 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
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2001 2001 British Grand Prix result 15 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2000 2000 British Grand Prix result 23 April 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1999 1999 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ralf Schumacher
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
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1998 1998 British Grand Prix result July 12 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Eddie Irvine
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1997 1997 British Grand Prix result 13 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alexander Wurz
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1996 1996 British Grand Prix result 14 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Gerhard Berger
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1995 1995 British Grand Prix result 16 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Johnny Herbert
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records David Coulthard
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
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1994 1994 British Grand Prix result 10 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Damon Hill
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jean Alesi
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mika Häkkinen
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1993 1993 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Riccardo Patrese
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1992 1992 British Grand Prix result July 12 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Riccardo Patrese
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Martin Brundle
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1991 1991 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Gerhard Berger
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1990 1990 British Grand Prix result July 15 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Thierry Boutsen
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1989 1989 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alessandro Nannini
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1988 1988 British Grand Prix result July 10 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alessandro Nannini
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Benetton
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1987 1987 British Grand Prix result July 12 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nelson Piquet
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ayrton Senna
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
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1985 1985 British Grand Prix result July 21 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Michele Alboreto
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jacques Laffite
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ligier
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1983 1983 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alain Prost
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nelson Piquet
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Patrick Tambay
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Renault
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Brabham
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1981 1981 British Grand Prix result July 18 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records John Watson
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Carlos Reutemann
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jacques Laffite
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ligier
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1979 1979 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Clay Regazzoni
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records René Arnoux
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jean-Pierre Jarier
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Williams
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Renault
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Tyrrell
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1977 1977 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records James Hunt
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Niki Lauda
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Gunnar Nilsson
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
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1975 1975 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Emerson Fittipaldi
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Carlos Pace
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jody Scheckter
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Brabham
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Tyrrell
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1973 1973 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Peter Revson
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ronnie Peterson
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Denny Hulme
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1971 1971 British Grand Prix result July 17 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jackie Stewart
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ronnie Peterson
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Emerson Fittipaldi
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Tyrrell
Silverstone Circuit layout & records March
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
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1969 1969 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jackie Stewart
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jacky Ickx
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Bruce McLaren
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Matra
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Brabham
Silverstone Circuit layout & records McLaren
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1967 1967 British Grand Prix result July 15 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jim Clark
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Denny Hulme
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Chris Amon
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Brabham
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1965 1965 British Grand Prix result July 10 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jim Clark
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Graham Hill
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records John Surtees
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
Silverstone Circuit layout & records BRM
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1963 1963 British Grand Prix result July 20 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jim Clark
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records John Surtees
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Graham Hill
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records BRM
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1960 1960 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jack Brabham
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records John Surtees
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Innes Ireland
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Cooper-Climax
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Lotus
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1958 1958 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Peter Collins
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mike Hawthorn
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Roy Salvadori
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Cooper-Climax
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1956 1956 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Juan Manuel Fangio
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alfonso de Portago
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Jean Behra
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Maserati
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1954 1954 British Grand Prix result July 17 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records José Froilán González
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mike Hawthorn
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Onofre Marimón
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Maserati
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1953 1953 British Grand Prix result July 18 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alberto Ascari
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nino Farina
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Maserati
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1952 1952 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alberto Ascari
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Piero Taruffi
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Mike Hawthorn
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Cooper-Climax
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1951 1951 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records José Froilán González
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Luigi Villoresi
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alfa Romeo
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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1950 1950 British Grand Prix result May 13 1 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Nino Farina
2 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Luigi Fagioli
3 Silverstone Circuit layout & records Reg Parnell
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alfa Romeo
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alfa Romeo
Silverstone Circuit layout & records Alfa Romeo
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