The Silverstone Race Circuit
The Silverstone Circuit is the home of the British F1 Grand Prix, located near the two towns of Silverstone and Whittlebury in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. Silverstone site was originally a WWII Royal Air Force station opened in 1943.
The race circuit has hosted the British F1 races since the 1950s and holds the current hosting rights for the motorsport. The circuit is accessible via the city of Brackley (11km from the circuit) which is the home of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.
Silverstone race circuit is 5.891km long, characterized by long straight sections, eighteen (18) corners (few hairpin type) and has a capacity of 150,000 spectators at anyone given race weekend. The circuit went through a major redesign between 1990 and 1991 as an upgrade to the existing track. Besides Formula One events, Silverstone continues to be the hub of international motorsport, hosting events like MotoGP, FIA World Endurance Championship, European Le Mans Series, European Formula 2 and many other important events.
The circuit hub area is the centre for driving experiences featuring the Porsche Centre and Handling unit, Aston Martin Test and Development Centre, Heritage and Experience Centre and newly developed Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.
The Silverstone Circuit is categorised by FIA as ‘Grade 1’ racing circuit. The circuit has hosted every British GP Formula One event since its inception in the championship. Lewis Hamilton holds the most wins for the British GP race circuit breaking the previous record of five set and held by Jim Clark in 1967, which was again matched by Alain Prost in 1993 and Hamilton in 2017.
Silverstone is scheduled to host a second double header events in August 2nd and August 9th in the 2020 F1 calendar. The latter being dubbed the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in recognition of the Formula One Championship inception in 1950.