It’s a return to the birthplace of the sport for Round Ten of the 2018 Formula One season, as we head to the iconic Silverstone circuit. Here are all the stats you need ahead of the 2018 British Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 SILVERSTONE RACE WINNERS
There have been 51 Formula One races held at the Silverstone circuit. In that time, there have been thirty different Grand Prix winners at the track.
Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton are currently tied for the most wins here, with five each. Ferrari have the most wins for a constructor here, with thirteen victories.
Alberto Ascari, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton are the eight drivers who’ve taken back-to-back wins here.
Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most consecutive wins at Silverstone. He’s currently on a streak of four victories, having won every British Grand Prix since 2014.
There are four previous British Grand Prix winners on the 2018 grid. Aside from Lewis Hamilton’s five wins, Fernando Alonso has won twice, while Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel each have a single win here.
The longest streak of different winners at Silverstone came between 2003 and 2010, when there were no repeat winners for eight years.
The largest win margin at this track is over one lap, which has happened on five occasions – most recently in 1985. The smallest win margin here was in 2013, when Nico Robserg won the race by just 0.765 seconds.
The average win margin at Silverstone is 17.942 seconds.
🇬🇧 ON THE PODIUM AT SILVERSTONE
From 51 events at Silverstone, 72 different drivers have stood on the podium.
Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton are currently tied for the most top three finishes at the track, with seven each.
There are seven previous British Grand Prix podium finishers on the 2018 grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most, with seven, while Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are just one behind with six rostrum appearances each. Sebastian Vettel has finished on the podium four times, Valtteri Bottas twice, and Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Vesrstappen have both finished in the top three here once.
🇬🇧 SILVERSTONE POLESITTERS
34 different drivers have started from pole at Silverstone.
Lewis Hamilton is the driver with the most poles at this track, with five. Williams and Ferrari are tied on the most number of poles for a team at Silverstone, with eleven each.
Four of the drivers from the 2018 grid have started from pole at the British Grand Prix. In addition to Lewis Hamilton’s record of five poles here, Fernando Alonso has started from the front three times, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole twice and Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest Saturday time in 2004.
The most consecutive number of poles here is three, which four British drivers have achieved. Jim Clark started from pole in each of F1’s visits in 1963, 1965 and 1967, Nigel Mansell was fastest every year between 1990 and 1992, Damon Hill was on pole each year between 1994 and 1996, while Lewis Hamilton’s current streak of consecutive poles at Silverstone began in 2015.
The longest streak of different polesitters at this track was between 1967 and 1981, when there were no repeat polesitters in all of the eight events held.
The largest pole margin at Silverstone came in 1992, when Nigel Mansell took pole by a huge 1.919 seconds. The smallest pole margin was is 0.003 seconds, which has happened on two occasions – for Damon Hill in 1994 and for Rubens Barrichello in 2000.
Pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second eleven times at this track.
The average pole margin at Silverstone is 0.396 seconds.
🇬🇧 SATURDAY TO SUNDAY
Nineteen of the races here have been won from pole. That’s a pole to win conversion rate of 37%.
33 races at Silverstone have been won from the front row of the grid, meaning eighteen have been won from third or further back. The furthest back win here came in 1975, when Emerson Fittipaldi won from seventh on the grid.
🇬🇧 SUNDAY STATS
A Safety Car has featured in twelve of the twenty races here since 1998. Every British Grand Prix since 2013 has featured at least one Safety Car period.
The most Safety Car appearances in a single race at Silverstone is two, which has happened on two occasions – in 2003 and 2013.
Ten races here have been affected rain.
The longest race at Silverstone came in 1956. Juan Manuel Fangio won the event in a time of 2:59:47. The shortest race was in 1990, which clocked in at 1:18:30.999.
Unusually, the highest number of finishers at this track came all the way back in 1952, when 22 cars reached the chequered flag. The lowest number of finishers was in 1975, when just six drivers made it to the end of the race. On average, fourteen cars reach the end of the Grand Prix here.
There have been four red-flagged races at Silverstone.
🇬🇧 CHAMPIONSHIP GLORY
No World Champions have ever been crowned at the Silverstone circuit, but the winner of the race at this track has gone on to win that year’s championship on 24 occasions.
Nicky Haldenby is a freelance writer from Scarborough, England. After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fourth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations, and sister site GPDestinations, where he shares regular race previews and articles focussed around the latest in Formula 1 calendar and venue news. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky can also be heard regularly as a guest on various Formula 1 radio shows and podcasts.