No driver has won at Silverstone from outside the top seven on the grid, and the polesitter has not won since 2017. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of each grid slot at Silverstone!
THE STATS IN BRIEF:
- No wins from outside the top 7
- 10th has never finished on the podium
- 16th finished once in last five years
- Furthest back podium from 28th on the grid
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Points likelihood: 75% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2014
The polesitter at the British Grand Prix has gone on to win only two of the last five races. Historically, the pole to win conversion rate is under 40% at Silverstone, with only 19 of the 53 races here having been won from the front of the grid. Pole has had its dominant streaks at the circuit – pole won four consecutive races at the track between 1960 and 1967, four times between 1991 and 1994 and, more recently, Lewis Hamilton converted all of his poles into wins between 2015 and 2017. In the 24 races here since 1995, the polesitter has won only seven times, three of those wins being by Hamilton. That being said, a good finish is still likely for the polesitter, with fifteen podiums from the last nineteen Silverstone races. Since 2001, Nico Rosberg’s DNF in 2014 with gearbox issues is the only time the polesitter has failed to finish the British Grand Prix. The polesitter has recorded non-finishes at the Silverstone circuit on less occasions than any other grid slot in the top twenty.
Points likelihood: 75% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2000
The driver starting from second at Silverstone has won the British Grand Prix in each of the last two seasons. Second on the grid has scored on more occasions than drivers starting from any other grid position, with 39 points-scoring races, and has finished on the podium more times than the polesitter. Second on the grid has also had less non-classified finishes than any other grid slot, failing to finish the race only eleven times. The last non-finish from this grid slot came all the way back in 2000, when Heinz-Harald Frentzen retired with gearbox issues. Since 2001, Mark Webber’s tenth place finish in 2008 is the only time the driver starting from second has failed to score.
Points likelihood: 70% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2013
In the last eighteen seasons, there has been just one retirement from third on the grid at the British Grand Prix. That was for Sebastian Vettel in 2013. The driver starting third has finished where they started in each of the last two seasons, and has finished on the podium in three of the last four years. Eight Silverstone wins have come from this grid slot in total, three since the turn of the millennium. The most recent win from this grid slot was in 2011, when Fernando Alonso was victorious.
Points likelihood: 70% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2018
No driver has finished on the podium from fifth on the grid since 2010. Since then, the grid slot has supplied two DNFs and seven points-scoring races. Fourth places for Felipe Massa in 2012 and Pierre Gasly in 2019 are the only times during that period that the driver starting here has gained a place during the race. Three wins have come from fifth on the grid at Silverstone, the most recent being for Johnny Herbert in 1995.
Points likelihood: 68% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2001
Fourth on the grid has had the longest active streak of points-scoring races at Silverstone, having scored points in every season since 2006. The driver starting here has also finished in the top ten in every season since 2002, and has won twice in that time. Jarno Trulli, who was out after a first lap collision in 2001, is the most recent driver to have retired from fourth on the grid at the British Grand Prix. In all of the past five years, the driver starting here has finished in the top five.
Points likelihood: 64% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2010
In the last 38 years, no victory at Silverstone has come from further back than sixth on the grid. That happened in 2014, when Lewis Hamilton started from the position. In the last six years, the position has scored two podium finishes, with Sebastian Vettel finishing third here in 2015 in addition to Hamilton’s 2014 win. There have only been two DNFs from this grid slot in the past 21 years – Ralf Schumacher in 2007 and Robert Kubica in 2010.
Points likelihood: 60% Last points: 2017 Last DNF: 2018
Ninth on the grid has supplied more top ten finishes than either of the two grid slots immediately ahead of it and any of the positions behind it. In the last four years, this position has finished in the points only once with that being a second place result for Valtteri Bottas in 2017. The grid slot has finished on the podium only four times, two of those times being in the last seven seasons with Fernando Alonso also having finished third from ninth in 2013.
Points likelihood: 55% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2013
In all of the last five seasons, the driver lining up seventh on the grid at the British Grand Prix has scored points. In the last eleven years, Romain Grosjean’s retirement in 2013 is the only time that the driver starting here has failed to finish the race. This is the furthest back grid slot to have won at Silverstone, with Emerson Fittipaldi winning from seventh on the grid in 1975.
Points likelihood: 49% Last points: 2016 Last DNF: 2018
The driver starting eighth on the grid at Silverstone has suffered more non-finishes than any other grid slot in the top ten with 23 non-finishes in total. No driver has scored from here in the last three seasons, with two eleventh places and a DNF in 2018 for Romain Grosjean. The position supplied a podium finish – the fourth third place from this grid slot – in 2014 for Daniel Ricciardo.
Points likelihood: 45% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2015
Tenth is the only grid slot in the top fourteen to have never supplied a podium finish at Silverstone. The best result from tenth position is fourth, recorded by Nelson Piquet in 1989 and Lewis Hamilton in 2011. The driver starting here has scored in three of the last four seasons.
Points likelihood: 45% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2015
The driver starting twelfth has scored at the British Grand Prix in each of the last two seasons. They’re the only two times that the driver starting here has scored in the last eight seasons. Twelfth on the grid has supplied two podium finishes here in the past, with Alfonso de Portago and Peter Collins sharing a driver to finish second in 1956 and Kimi Raikkonen coming home third in 2005. Since 1999, there have been only two retirements from twelfth. The grid slot has the least DNFs of any position outside the top six.
Points likelihood: 43% Last points: 2018 Last DNF: 2019
In the last five years, the driver starting eleventh has scored three times, recorded a retirement and suffered a DNS. Jolyon Palmer failed to start in 2017. It was only the third time that a grid slot in the top fourteen at Silverstone has failed to start the race. All three podium finishes from this grid slot have been the runner-up spot, most recently recorded by Jean Alesi in 1997.
Points likelihood: 38% Last points: 2016 Last DNF: 2018
Since 1990, only two points finishes have been scored from fifteenth on the grid. Those were eighth place for Kazuki Nakajima in 2008 and tenth for Daniil Kvyat in 2016. Prior to that, the driver starting fifteenth finished sixth four times in the eight races here between 1977 and 1989. The best finish for this grid slot is fifth, ironically recorded by Mark Donohue in 1975 despite him failing to finish. In the last eight seasons, the driver starting here has retired three times.
Points likelihood: 36% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2017
Thirteenth on the grid at Silverstone has recorded three DNFs in the last five seasons. Max Verstappen, Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz are the drivers who retired here in 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively. There has been an upturn in fortunes for the driver starting thirteenth in the last two years. Fernando Alonso finished eighth in 2018, while Carlos Sainz finished sixth last year.
Points likelihood: 36% Last points: 2017 Last DNF: 2019
Valtteri Bottas recorded the best ever finish for a driver starting fourteenth at Silverstone in 2014 with second place. Fourteenth on the grid had previously supplied a podium finish for Jacques Laffite in 1981. The grid slot has scored seven points finishes in total, less than any grid slot ahead of it. It has had more non-finishes than it has had top ten finishes. Other than Bottas’ podium, the grid slot has not finished above tenth in any of the last nine seasons.
Points likelihood: 28% Last points: 2014 Last DNF: 2019
Sixteenth on the grid has failed to finish the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on 29 occasions, more than any other grid slot. Between 1987 and 2002, the driver starting here reached the end of the race on only three occasions, while in the past five years the driver starting sixteenth has reached the end of the race only once. Felipe Nasr failed to even start the race here in 2015 with gearbox issues, Kevin Magnussen retired three laps from the end in 2016, Carlos Sainz was eliminated after a collision with Romain Grosjean in 2018 and Kevin Magnussen retired last year.
Points likelihood: 28% Last points: 2019 Last DNF: 2011
In 2019, Daniil Kvyat became only the fifth driver to have scored starting from seventeenth at Silverstone. Fernando Alonso finished tenth in 2015, but those are the only two occasions in the last 28 years that the driver starting here has finished in a points-paying position. Between 1998 and 2002, the grid slot also scored top ten finishes four times, but in the lower regions of the top ten, before the positions offered points. During the last 27 British Grands Prix, the driver starting seventeenth has retired on thirteen occasions.
Points likelihood: 27% Last points: 2004 Last DNF: 2017
In Silverstone’s 53-race tenure as British Grand Prix host, the driver starting twentieth has scored only twice. Reg Parnell finished fifth in 1951, while Giancarlo Fisichella came home sixth in 2004. In the last five races at Silverstone that a driver has started from twentieth, they have retired three times. In total, there have been fourteen top ten finishes from this grid slot – more than from eighteenth or nineteenth.
Points likelihood: 25% Last points: 2011 Last DNF: 2016
In the 34 British Grands Prix since 1985, Jaime Alguersuari’s tenth place in 2011 is the only time that the driver starting from eighteenth has picked up a point. The only finish which bettered that in the time-frame was Mika Salo’s eighth place finish in 2000, before the place gave any points. This grid position has had four non-finishes in the last eight Silverstone races.
Points likelihood: 16% Last points: 2017 Last DNF: 2016
The driver starting nineteenth has had less top ten finishes than drivers starting from any other grid slot in the top twenty. The grid position has supplied only two top ten finishes, with Daniel Ricciardo’s fifth place in 2017 being the best result for a driver starting here, and the first top six finish since Luigi Villoresi finished sixth in 1956.
Points likelihood: 0% Last points: – Last DNF: 2018
Four starts have been made from the pit lane at Silverstone, including three in 2018. No points have been scored from a pit lane start here, and two pit lane starts have resulted in retirements.
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.