It was there at the very beginning and against all odds, it’s still there now. Silverstone has hosted most British Grand Prix since the very first F1 race was held here in 1950. It’s the home of Mansell Mania, Lewis Hamilton’s crowd-surfing and the home race for Mclaren, Williams and Aston Martin.
Silverstone has undergone various layout changes over the years but the track holds on to its unique character. Built on a WWII airfield, it’s always been a track known for long, fast straights and sweeping corners. It’s a brilliant race track to witness Formula 1 cars as they should be, stretching power and downforce to the limit.
Spectators enjoy great access, getting to walk the entire circuit and see cars under varying conditions. Away from the track, a festival-like atmosphere leaves a lasting impression on fans and the post-race concert provides extra value.
With Silverstone’s heritage alone it’s a highly ranked Grand Prix for many F1 fans. Throw in a passionate crowd and a track that always delivers brilliant racing and you have one of the must-see Grand Prix of the season.
British Grand Prix Spectator Tips
- Tune in to 87.7FM for Silverstone radio commentary, or listen to commentary by the BBC 5Live team available on 693 medium wave or on digital.
- General admission at Silverstone is free for children with an accompanying adult.
- If you’re driving, stick around for the after race concert and give the traditional Silverstone traffic jams a miss
- If you’re in general admission bring a folding chair. You may choose to spend track sessions on your feet but you’ll be glad of it during the downtime.
English weather is notoriously changeable and it sometimes feels like all four seasons have come on one day. Check the forecast, but take what you hear with a pinch of salt and be prepared for anything.
I’m Danny, an incurable Formula 1 fan for over 30 years and founder of The F1 Spectator. My aim is to inform and inspire, arming you with helpful tips and advice for your next F1 trip.
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