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Silverstone Race Circuit Overview

Silverstone Circuit
Location Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Major events Formula One; GP2; SBK; British Superbikes; BTCC; WTCC; British F3
Circuit length 5.141 kilometres (3.194 miles)
Turns 17
Lap record 1'18.739 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)

Silverstone Circuit is a racing circuit at Silverstone, England. It is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948. The 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the first race in the newly-created Formula One World Championship. The race rotated between Silverstone, Aintree and Brands Hatch from 1955 to 1986, but relocated permanently to Silverstone in 1987.

Half the circuit is in Northamptonshire and half is in Buckinghamshire, roughly equidistant from Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford. It is built on the site of a World War II bomber base, RAF Silverstone, which opened in 1943. The airfield's three runways, in classic WWII triangle format, lie within the outline of the present track. During the Grand Prix, the airfield becomes the busiest in the UK, complete with its own air traffic control.

The first two races were held on the runways themselves, with long straights separated by tight hairpin corners, the track being demarcated by hay bales. However, for the 1950 event the race was switched to the airfield perimeter road. This layout remained largely unaltered for the following 37 years. For the 1975 meeting, a chicane was introduced to try and tame speeds through the mighty Woodcote Corner, then a deviation to Bridge Corner added for 1987, before the track underwent a major redesign between the 1990 and 1991 races. The reshaped track's first F1 race was perhaps the most memorable of recent years, with Nigel Mansell coming home first in front of his home crowd, prompting mass hysteria in the grandstands. On his victory lap back to the pits Mansell even found time to pick up stranded rival Ayrton Senna and give him a lift on his side-pod, after Senna's McLaren had expired towards the end of the race.

Stowe Corner at Silverstone

In recent years Silverstone has been, some say unfairly, criticised for its deteriorating facilities. Silverstone has, in the past, been attacked due to traffic jams on race day. This problem had been largely eliminated with the completion of a dual-carriageway road just to the north of the circuit which bypasses Silverstone village. When the race was moved to an April date in 2000, rainy conditions turned the fields used for car parking into mud baths, causing chaos for spectators trying to park.

On 2004-09-30, British Racing Drivers' Club president Jackie Stewart announced that the British Grand Prix would not be included on the 2005 provisional race calendar, and if it was, would probably not occur at Silverstone ([1] News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=31255) . However on 2004-12-09 an agreement was reached with Bernie Ecclestone that the track would in fact host the British Grand Prix up to 2009 ([2] 4073569.stm) .

Winners of the British Grand Prix

Non-Formula One races are indicated with a pink background.
Year Driver Constructor Location Report
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault Silverstone Report
2005 Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Silverstone Report
2003 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari Silverstone Report
2002 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Silverstone Report
2001 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
2000 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
1999 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Silverstone Report
1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Silverstone Report
1997 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1995 Johnny Herbert Benetton-Renault Silverstone Report
1994 Damon Hill Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1993 Alain Prost Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1992 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1991 Nigel Mansell Williams-Renault Silverstone Report
1990 Alain Prost Ferrari Silverstone Report
1989 Alain Prost McLaren-Honda Silverstone Report
1988 Ayrton Senna McLaren-Honda Silverstone Report
1987 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Silverstone Report
1986 Nigel Mansell Williams-Honda Brands Hatch Report
1985 Alain Prost McLaren-TAG Silverstone Report
1984 Niki Lauda McLaren-TAG Brands Hatch Report
1983 Alain Prost Renault Silverstone Report
1982 Niki Lauda McLaren-Cosworth Brands Hatch Report
1981 John Watson McLaren-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1980 Alan Jones Williams-Cosworth Brands Hatch Report
1979 Clay Regazzoni Williams-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1978 Carlos Reutemann Ferrari Brands Hatch Report
1977 James Hunt McLaren-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1976 Niki Lauda Ferrari Brands Hatch Report
1975 Emerson Fittipaldi McLaren-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1974 Jody Scheckter Tyrrell-Cosworth Brands Hatch Report
1973 Peter Revson McLaren-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1972 Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus-Cosworth Brands Hatch Report
1971 Jackie Stewart Tyrrell-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1970 Jochen Rindt Lotus-Cosworth Brands Hatch Report
1969 Jackie Stewart Matra-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1968 Jo Siffert Lotus-Ford Brands Hatch Report
1967 Jim Clark Lotus-Cosworth Silverstone Report
1966 Jack Brabham Brabham Brands Hatch Report
1965 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Silverstone Report
1964 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Brands Hatch Report
1963 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Silverstone Report
1962 Jim Clark Lotus-Climax Aintree Report
1961 Wolfgang von Trips Ferrari Aintree Report
1960 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Silverstone Report
1959 Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax Aintree Report
1958 Peter Collins Ferrari Silverstone Report
1957 Stirling Moss, Tony Brooks Vanwall Aintree Report
1956 Juan-Manuel Fangio Lancia-Ferrari Silverstone Report
1955 Stirling Moss Mercedes Aintree Report
1954 Froilan Gonzalez Ferrari Silverstone Report
1953 Alberto Ascari Ferrari Silverstone Report
1952 Alberto Ascari Ferrari Silverstone Report
1951 Froilan Gonzalez Ferrari Silverstone Report
1950 Giuseppe Farina Alfa Romeo Silverstone Report
1949 Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati Silverstone Report
1948 Luigi Villoresi Maserati Silverstone Report

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