The Thrills of the British F1 Grand Prix

For all of us Brits, the British F1 GP at Silverstone has got to be the highlight of the calendar. With Lewis Hamilton just one point behind Sebastian Vettel, this race has certainly got that extra edge of excitement. Catch the race live on Channel 4 or Sky Sports F1 and you might just see history in the making. If Lewis Hamilton wins this race, it will be his sixth win in the British GP and will set a world record as it has only ever been won five times before, both Jim Clarke and Alain Prost currently hold this record.

When to watch

Coverage starts at 1pm on Saturday, with qualifying starting at 2pm. The main race coverage starts at 12.30pm on Sunday, with the race at 2.10pm.

Current Standings

  1. Sebastian Vettel – 146 points
  2. Lewis Hamilton – 145 points
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – 101 points
  4. Daniel Ricciardo – 96 points
  5. Max Verstappen – 93 points

British Grand Prix – Learn the facts!

Looking for some interesting facts to share with your mates? You’ve come to the right place…

  • Less than half of the drivers that start the race in pole position have gone on to win the British Grand Prix.
  • A reigning monarch has only ever once attended the British GP and that was King George VI at the first official F1 GP in 1950 at Silverstone.
  • So far 12 Brits have won the British GP.
  • It takes a team of 14 people to cut the grass at Silverstone ready for the race.
  • Race spectators consume on average 20,000 bottles of water, 10,000 bottles of wine and 6,000 bottles of Champagne!
  • Drivers make 34 gear changes per lap.
  • The British Grand Prix is the only race that has been in every single F1 World Championship.
  • Silverstone was originally and RAF bomber runway.
  • The name Silverstone means ‘wooded area’ in old English.

Got a favourite F1 driver?

Who will you be cheering for at Silverstone? If you’ve got a favourite F1 driver, then we’ve got the perfect private plate for you. Just type the name or initials of your favourite driver into the search box on our website and see what comes up! Here are some suggestions…

Sebastian Vettel – 28 SV

Lewis Hamilton – LEW 15H

Kimi Raikkonen – 854 KR

Daniel Ricciardo – 6 DAN

Max Verstappen – MAX 14V