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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
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2015 2015 2015 British F1 GP result 5 July 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
52
52
52
2014 2014 British F1 GP result 6 July 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
Austria Red Bull
52
52
52
2013 2013 British F1 GP result 30 June 1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
52
52
52
2012 2012 British Grand Prix result 8 July 1 Australia Mark Webber
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Austria Red Bull
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
52
52
52
2011 2011 British Grand Prix result 10 July 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Australia Mark Webber
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
52
52
52
2010 2010 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 Australia Mark Webber
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Germany Nico Rosberg
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom McLaren
Germany Mercedes
52
52
52
2009 2009 British Grand Prix result 21 June 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Australia Mark Webber
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Brawn
60
60
60
2008 2008 British Grand Prix result 6 July 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Switzerland BMW Sauber
Japan Honda
60
60
60
2007 2007 British Grand Prix result 8 July 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
59
59
59
2006 2006 British Grand Prix result 11 June 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
2005 2005 British Grand Prix result 10 July 1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
2 Spain Fernando Alonso
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
2004 2004 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
2003 2003 British Grand Prix result 20 July 1 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
2002 2002 British Grand Prix result 7 July 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
60
60
60
2001 2001 British Grand Prix result 15 July 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
2000 2000 British Grand Prix result 23 April 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
1999 1999 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
60
60
60
1998 1998 British Grand Prix result July 12 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
60
60
60
1997 1997 British Grand Prix result 13 July 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Austria Alexander Wurz
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
59
59
59
1996 1996 British Grand Prix result 14 July 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
2 Austria Gerhard Berger
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom McLaren
61
61
61
1995 1995 British Grand Prix result 16 July 1 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
2 France Jean Alesi
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
61
61
61
1994 1994 British Grand Prix result 10 July 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
60
60
60
1993 1993 British Grand Prix result 11 July 1 France Alain Prost
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
Italy Benetton
59
59
59
1992 1992 British Grand Prix result July 12 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese
3 United Kingdom Martin Brundle
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
59
59
59
1991 1991 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Austria Gerhard Berger
3 France Alain Prost
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
59
59
59
1990 1990 British Grand Prix result July 15 1 France Alain Prost
2 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
64
64
64
1989 1989 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 France Alain Prost
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3 Italy Alessandro Nannini
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
Italy Benetton
64
64
64
1988 1988 British Grand Prix result July 10 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
3 Italy Alessandro Nannini
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
65
65
65
1987 1987 British Grand Prix result July 12 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
65
65
64
1985 1985 British Grand Prix result July 21 1 France Alain Prost
2 Italy Michele Alboreto
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
France Ligier
65
64
64
1983 1983 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 France Alain Prost
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet
3 France Patrick Tambay
France Renault
United Kingdom Brabham
Italy Ferrari
67
67
67
1981 1981 British Grand Prix result July 18 1 United Kingdom John Watson
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
68
68
67
1979 1979 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
2 France René Arnoux
3 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
United Kingdom Williams
France Renault
United Kingdom Tyrrell
68
68
67
1977 1977 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 United Kingdom James Hunt
2 Austria Niki Lauda
3 Sweden Gunnar Nilsson
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Lotus
68
68
68
1975 1975 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
2 Brazil Carlos Pace
3 South Africa Jody Scheckter
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom Tyrrell
56
55
55
1973 1973 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 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
1971 1971 British Grand Prix result July 17 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
2 Sweden Ronnie Peterson
3 Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi
United Kingdom Tyrrell
United Kingdom March
United Kingdom Lotus
68
68
68
1969 1969 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 United Kingdom Jackie Stewart
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx
3 New Zealand Bruce McLaren
France Matra
United Kingdom Brabham
United Kingdom McLaren
84
83
83
1967 1967 British Grand Prix result July 15 1 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
1965 1965 British Grand Prix result July 10 1 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
1963 1963 British Grand Prix result July 20 1 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
1960 1960 British Grand Prix result July 16 1 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
1958 1958 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 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
1956 1956 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
2 United Kingdom Peter Collins
3 France Jean Behra
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
101
100
99
1954 1954 British Grand Prix result July 17 1 Argentina José Froilán González
2 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
3 Argentina Onofre Marimón
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
90
90
89
1953 1953 British Grand Prix result July 18 1 Italy Alberto Ascari
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Italy Nino Farina
Italy Ferrari
Italy Maserati
Italy Ferrari
90
90
88
1952 1952 British Grand Prix result July 19 1 Italy Alberto Ascari
2 Italy Piero Taruffi
3 United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Cooper-Climax
85
84
83
1951 1951 British Grand Prix result July 14 1 Argentina José Froilán González
2 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
3 Italy Luigi Villoresi
Italy Ferrari
Italy Alfa Romeo
Italy Ferrari
90
90
88
1950 1950 British Grand Prix result May 13 1 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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