Mercedes have won six of the last seven British Grands Prix and have taken pole in all of the last seven years, while Red Bull and Ferrari are the only other teams to win here since 2009. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at Silverstone!
WINS: 6, POLES: 8, PODIUMS: 12, FINISH RATE: 95% | 2019 RESULT: HAMILTON 1st, BOTTAS 2nd
Mercedes have won six of the last seven British Grands Prix. Their streak of five consecutive wins was ended in 2018 by Ferrari, but Lewis Hamilton returned to the top spot in 2019 as the team took their third 1-2 finish at Silverstone. Mercedes have never left Silverstone without scoring a point, including in their only appearance here in their first stint in the sport, in which Juan Manuel Fangio finished fourth. Nico Rosberg’s retirement as a result of a gearbox failure in 2014 remains Mercedes’ only retirement at the Silverstone circuit. Valtteri Bottas’ fourth place finish in 2018 is the only occasion in the last five seasons that a Mercedes driver has failed to finish on the podium at the event.
Mercedes have taken pole position eight times at Silverstone, including in all of the last seven seasons. Valtteri Bottas beat Lewis Hamilton to pole last year by just 0.006 seconds. It was the fourth time the team locked-out the front row at the track, after 2013, 2015 and 2016. Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg’s thirteenth places in qualifying here in 2011 and 2012 are the only occasions in Mercedes’ ten visits to the circuit where one of their drivers have failed to qualify in the top ten.
WINS: 14, POLES: 11, PODIUMS: 44, FINISH RATE: 73% | 2019 RESULT: LECLERC 3rd, VETTEL 16th
Ferrari have been present in every Formula 1 race at Silverstone, aside from the inaugural race in 1950. With fourteen wins here, Ferrari have taken more victories at Silverstone than any other team. The team won the British Grand Prix for the first time since 2011 with Sebastian Vettel in 2018. The team have scored podium finishes in seven of the last nine races at the circuit, while Kimi Raikkonen’s third place in 2018 along with Vettel’s win gave Ferrari their first double podium appearance at Silverstone since 2004. Since 2000, Raikkonen’s crash in 2014 is the only occasion where a Ferrari driver has failed to finish the British Grand Prix, as well as only one of five occasions where one of the team’s cars has failed to pick up points at the event in the last eighteen years. Vettel’s sixteenth place in 2019, after he crashed into the back of Max Verstappen, is the worst finishing position for a Ferrari car which has not failed to finish at the circuit.
Ferrari have taken pole position at Silverstone on eleven occasions, most recently with Fernando Alonso in 2012. The team recorded front row starts in both 2017 and 2018, but neither driver appeared on the front row last year. A Ferrari has qualified third in all of the last three seasons however. There have been just four seasons where neither Ferrari driver has qualified in the top ten at Silverstone. This happened most recently in 2014. Aside from that year, Felipe Massa is the only other Ferrari driver to have failed to reach Q3 here, being eliminated in Q2 in both 2009 and 2013.
WINS: 3, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 10, FINISH RATE: 87% | 2019 RESULT: GASLY 4th, VERSTAPPEN 5th
Red Bull have won the British Grand Prix three times – the first time with Sebastian Vettel in 2009 and twice with Mark Webber in 2010 and 2012. Their 1-2 finish in 2009 marked the first time Red Bull had scored points at the track, and they went on to finish on the podium with at least one car in all of the next six seasons. Since then, however, Max Verstappen’s second place finish in 2016 is the only time a Red Bull driver has appeared on the podium at Silverstone. Despite this, Max Verstappen’s late race retirement in 2018 is the only time in the last four seasons that a Red Bull driver has failed to finish in the top ten at the circuit.
Red Bull have taken three pole positions at Silverstone, and locked out the front row in both 2010 and 2011. The team have had only two front row starts since then, and have qualified in the top four only once in the last three seasons. Daniel Ricciardo’s Q1 exit in 2017, the result of a turbo failure, is the only time a Red Bull driver has been eliminated in Q1, as well as the only time one of their drivers has failed to reach Q3 in all of the last eleven seasons at Silverstone.
WINS: 12, POLES: 7, PODIUMS: 27, FINISH RATE: 71% | 2019 RESULT: SAINZ 6th, NORRIS 11th
McLaren have won at Silverstone on twelve occasions, but haven’t finished on the podium at the British Grand Prix since 2010. Between 1985 and 2001, the 1996 and 2000 events were the only ones in which both McLaren cars reached the end of the race, the latter being the team’s only 1-2 finish at the track. Points have been hard to come by for McLaren at Silverstone in recent years, with Fernando Alonso’s eighth place in 2018 being the first time the team have scored at the track since 2015. Carlos Sainz bettered that result with sixth place last season. A McLaren driver has finished eleventh in all of the last three seasons.
McLaren have taken nine pole positions at Silverstone, most recently in 2008, and locked-out the front row in 1989. In the last eleven seasons, 2011 and 2014 are the only occasions where both McLaren drivers have qualified in the top ten for the British Grand Prix, while 2015 marks their only double Q1 exit at the circuit. 1983, 2009 and 2018 are the only other occasions aside from 2015 where neither McLaren driver has qualified in the top ten at Silverstone. Last year, Lando Norris qualified in eighth, while Carlos Sainz was eliminated in Q2.
WINS: 2, POLES: 3, PODIUMS: 4, FINISH RATE: 65% | 2019 RESULT: RICCIARDO 7th, HULKENBERG 10th
The Renault team have won at Silverstone twice in their history – in 1983 with Alain Prost and in 2006 with Fernando Alonso. The team have had a further two podium finishes at the circuit, both second place finishes in 1979 and 2005. Since their F1 return in 2016, 2019 was the first time that both Renaults saw the chequered flag at the British Grand Prix. Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth in 2017 and 2018, while Daniel Ricciardo finished ninth last season. Hulkenberg also finished tenth last year, making 2019 the first year that both Renault drivers have scored at the track since 2007.
Nico Hulkenberg’s fifth place on the grid for the 2017 British Grand Prix is the team’s best grid slot at Silverstone since returning to the sport. The team have taken three pole positions at the track, and locked-out the front row in 1981. Last year, both Renault drivers appeared in Q3 for the first time since 2008.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 61% | 2019 RESULT: KVYAT 9th, ALBON 12th
With ninth place, Daniil Kvyat scored the first points for Toro Rosso at the British Grand Prix since 2016 last season. The former Toro Rosso team have a best finishing place of eighth at the track, achieved by Daniel Ricciardo in 2013 and by Carlos Sainz in 2016. 2014 and 2016 are the only seasons where both Toro Rosso drivers have scored points at Silverstone, while 2012 and 2019 are the only other years where both drivers finished the race. The team have recorded double DNFs at the track in both 2007 and 2015.
There have been just seven occasions where a Toro Rosso driver has qualified in the top ten at Silverstone, with Daniel Ricciardo scoring the team’s best Silverstone qualifying result in 2013 with fifth on the grid. 2014 is the only season where both Toro Rosso drivers have reached the final part of qualifying, while both drivers were eliminated in Q1 in both 2009 and 2011. Brendon Hartley recorded the team’s first Q1 exit since 2011 in 2018 when he was unable to partake in qualifying due to a heavy crash in Free Practice 3.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 88% | 2019 RESULT: STROLL 13th, PEREZ 17th
With their factory just a stone’s throw away from the Silverstone circuit, the team in all its various guises have always been keen to impress at the track. While Jordan’s best result at Silverstone was fourth place – which they scored three times – Force India never finished in the top five at the circuit, with Sergio Perez’s sixth place finish in 2016 being the team’s best result. On their first appearance as Racing Point last year, the pink panthers failed to score. It was the first time since 2012 that the team have not scored at Silverstone. Aside from their double DNF on their first appearance in 2008, Paul di Resta in 2012 is the only other driver for the team to have failed to finish the British Grand Prix since they became Force India.
For the first time since 2010, neither of the former Force India team’s cars reached Q3 at the British Grand Prix last year. Sergio Perez was out in Q2 while Lance Stroll recorded the team’s first Q1 exit since 2009. 2013, 2014 and 2017 are the three occasions where both cars progressed to Q3. The team’s best qualifying result here came from Nico Hulkenberg in 2014, who lined up fourth on the grid. It’s a grid position only ever bettered once by a driver for the Silverstone-based team – Heinz-Harald Frentzen qualified second in the Jordan days in 2000.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1, FINISH RATE: 72% | 2019 RESULT: RAIKKONEN 8th, GIOVINAZZI DNF
Alfa Romeo had a starring role in the first ever F1 race, which took place at Silverstone in 1950. Giuseppe Farina took pole position and won the event, with team-mate Luigi Fagioli finishing as runner-up, securing the first of four 1-2 finishes for Alfa Romeo in F1. With Reg Parnell finishing third for the team, it was an all-Alfa podium. Juan Manuel Fangio also scored a podium finish with Alfa Romeo at the circuit in 1951.
In the last two years the Alfa Romeo team, formerly known as Sauber, have recorded three DNFs, including a double DNF in 2018 – their first at the track since 1998. Kimi Raikkonen’s eighth place finish meant that he picked up the team’s first points at Silverstone since 2013. Sauber have taken one podium finish at the British Grand Prix. That was in their BMW Sauber days, when Nick Heidfeld finished as runner-up in 2008. 2001, 2006 and 2007 are the only years where both of the team’s drivers have finished in the points at Silverstone.
Charles Leclerc’s ninth place in qualifying in 2018 is the only time in the last eight seasons that either of the former Sauber team’s cars have reached Q3 at the British Grand Prix – though Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi narrowly missed out last year, qualifying in eleventh and twelfth. The team recorded double Q1 exits in both 2016 and 2017. Their best qualifying result here is fifth on the grid, scored by both Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0, FINISH RATE: 50% | 2019 RESULT: MAGNUSSEN DNF, GROSJEAN DNF
Haas’ 2019 British Grand Prix ended in a disappointing double DNF following a collision between their two drivers. Kevin Magnussen scored the Haas team’s first and so far only points on British soil in 2018 with his ninth place finish. While the Dane scored points, team-mate Romain Grosjean crashed out of the race, scoring the team’s second retirement at the circuit – the other being in 2016 as a result of a transmission issue on the Frenchman’s car. 2017 is the only year that both Haas drivers have reached the end of the race.
With their eight entries, Haas have reached Q3 three times. While Romain Grosjean reached Q3 for Haas in 2017, 2018 marked the first time both Haas drivers reached the final part of qualifying at the circuit. Kevin Magnussen scored their best qualifying position at Silverstone to date with seventh on the grid in 2018. In 2019, Magnussen was eliminated in Q1 while Grosjean reached Q2.
WINS: 8, POLES: 11, PODIUMS: 18, FINISH RATE: 80% | 2019 RESULT: RUSSELL 14th, KUBICA 15th
Williams have taken eight victories at Silverstone and won all but one British Grand Prix between 1991 and 1997. While the team led the opening stages of the 2015 race, success at the track has been limited in recent seasons. Valtteri Bottas’ second place here in 2014 is the team’s only British Grand Prix podium finish in the last sixteen years. The team have scored only one point at the track in the last four seasons, with Felipe Massa finishing tenth in the 2017 event. Williams have a good finish rate at the track, with Massa’s 2014 retirement being the only time one of their cars has failed to reach the end of a Silverstone race since 2006.
With eleven pole positions at Silverstone, Williams are tied with Ferrari as the most successful qualifiers at the track. The team have locked out the front row of the grid here five times – more times than anyone else. Williams have had less success in qualifying at the track in recent years, with Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa locking-out the second row in 2015 being a rare highlight. In 2019, the team recorded their third double-Q1 elimination at the track. It was somewhat of an improvement on their 2018 qualifying effort, where both Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin spun off the track and started from the pit-lane as a result of overnight changes to their cars.
After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth 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 GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.