Hamilton has won five of the last six Silverstone races and nine drivers have a 100% finish rate at the track. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at the British Grand Prix!
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton could set a new outright record for most home Grand Prix wins at the 2020 British Grand Prix. He has won at Silverstone six times so far, including five times in the last six seasons. Hamilton has never failed to finish at the track, with a worst result of sixteenth in 2009. He has finished on the podium nine times in total. Hamilton’s qualifying record at Silverstone is just as impressive, with 2009 again being the only year that he has failed to qualify in the top ten. A run of four successive pole positions was ended by his team-mate last year by the narrowest of margins. In total, Hamilton has started his home race from the front on six occasions. Since 2012, 2018 is the only year in which Hamilton has not led a lap of the British Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas is yet to win the British Grand Prix, but has finished as runner-up three times. He finished in second place in 2014, 2017 and 2019. While Bottas has a 100% finish rate at Silverstone, he failed to score in both 2013 and 2016. He qualified in seventeenth in both 2013 and 2014, but has reached Q3 in every year since, taking his first pole position at the track by a small margin last year. It was the first time he had started within the top three here. Bottas and Williams team-mate Felipe Massa memorably led the opening laps of the event in 2015, and the Finn has led laps in each of the last two seasons.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
For the first time at the British Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel finished in a position outside of the points last season. He finished only sixteenth after colliding with the rear of Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. Vettel has won the British Grand Prix twice previously, with wins in 2009 and 2018. He has finished on the podium a further three times and has retired twice, in 2008 and 2013. Vettel took two consecutive Silverstone poles in 2009 and 2010, and also started from the front row in 2011, 2014 and 2018. He has never failed to qualify in the top eight at the track.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc’s first British Grand Prix appearance in 2018 did not go to plan, as he retired following a botched pit-stop. He had been performing well up until that point, reaching Q3 on Saturday and qualifying in ninth place. Last season, he recorded a podium finish with third place. After out-qualifying his team-mate, he finished where he started. In 2015, Leclerc raced at Silverstone in Formula 3, where he took a win in the third race. Leclerc appeared in Free Practice 1 for the 2016 British Grand Prix with the Haas team and finished on the podium in GP3 in both races that weekend. In 2017, he won the F2 Feature Race here.
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen has finished on the podium once at the British Grand Prix, finishing as runner-up in the 2016 event. He finished fourth in 2017 and fifth in 2019, despite being rammed into by Sebastian Vettel, but failed to finish on his other two appearances. Verstappen has qualified in the top five at Silverstone in all of the last four seasons, with a best qualifying result of third in 2016. His first appearance in 2015 is the only time that Verstappen has failed to reach Q3 at Silverstone, as well as the only time he has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the track.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon finished twelfth on his British Grand Prix debut last season. He out-qualified his team-mate, reaching Q3 and qualifying in ninth position. Prior to F1, two meetings of the F3 championship in 2015 were held at the Silverstone circuit, and in all six races Albon finished in the top six. He won here in GP3 in 2016 and after a point-less weekend at the track in F2 in 2017, the British-Thai driver won the Feature Race here in 2018, and came home seventh in the Sprint Race.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz recorded his best British Grand Prix result last year with a sixth place finish. 2016, when he finished eighth, is the only other time that the Spaniard has finished the race in his five appearances. Sainz has not reached Q3 at Silverstone since 2016, when he qualified eighth for a second successive year. It’s also the last time he out-qualified a team-mate at the track.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris missed out on points on his first appearance at the British Grand Prix last year. After out-qualifying his team-mate and lining up ninth on the grid, Norris dropped three positions in the race and finished eleventh. Norris has previously won at Silverstone, taking victory in the first race of the F3 meeting at the track in 2017. In 2018, Norris competed here in F2, finishing tenth in the Feature Race and taking a podium finish with third in the Sprint Race.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has had one podium finish at the British Grand Prix, and has finished in the points at Silverstone in all of the last four seasons. Ricciardo made his Formula 1 debut at this track in 2011 with the HRT team. His only podium here so far came in 2014, when he finished third. Ricciardo’s only retirement at the circuit came in 2015 but he has not failed to score since then. 2011 and 2012 are the only other years that Ricciardo has not picked up a point at the track. In the last seven seasons, 2017 is the only time that Ricciardo has failed to reach Q3 at Silverstone. He was out in Q1 due to power unit issues. Ricciardo’s best qualifying result at the circuit is fourth, scored in 2016. 2019 marked the first time that Ricciardo had out-qualified his team-mate at the event since his Toro Rosso days.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon has scored on both of his previous visits to the British Grand Prix. He finished eighth in 2017 and bettered that result with seventh in the following season. Ocon has also qualified in the top ten on both occasions, with a best result of eighth, which later became seventh on the grid, in 2017.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
For the first time since 2014, Sergio Perez failed to score at the British Grand Prix last year. His seventeenth place finish marked his worst result at the circuit, other than his two DNFs in 2012 and 2013. He was out following a collision with Pastor Maldonado in 2012, and fell victim to Pirelli’s tyre failures at the circuit in 2013. His best result here is sixth, scored with Force India in 2016. Perez has reached Q3 only twice at Silverstone, qualifying in seventh in both 2014 and 2017. He has never been eliminated in Q1 here, but has out-qualified his team-mate only twice; in 2017 and 2019.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll has a 100% finish rate at the British Grand Prix, but is yet to score at the event. His best finish here is twelfth place with Williams in 2018. Stroll has never progressed past Q1 at Silverstone and is yet to out-qualify a team-mate. In the last two British Grands Prix, Stroll has gained at least five positions from where he has started over the race.
🇷🇺 Daniil Kvyat
From his five appearances at the British Grand Prix, 2017 is the only time that Daniil Kvyat has failed to score. The Russian holds a 100% finish record at the track, with a best result of sixth with Red Bull in 2015. Kvyat has not reached Q3 at Silverstone since 2015, when he recorded his best qualifying result at the track with seventh on the grid. 2016 and 2019 are the only seasons that Kvyat has been out-qualified by a team-mate at the event.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly scored points at Silverstone for the first time last year with, what was at the time, a career-best fourth place. He had finished thirteenth in the previous season. Gasly is yet to out-qualify his team-mate on pace alone at the circuit, and reached Q3 for the first time last season. He lined up fifth on the grid. The Frenchman has gained one position in each of his two appearances at Silverstone. Gasly also raced here in GP2, scoring a podium in the 2015 Sprint Race and a victory in the 2016 Feature Race.
🇫🇮 Kimi Raikkonen
Between 2003 and 2007, Kimi Raikkonen finished on the British Grand Prix podium for five consecutive seasons, culminating in him winning the event in 2007. It remains his only win so far at Silverstone, though since then he has taken two podium finishes, with third places in 2017 and 2018. Raikkonen has scored on every finish at Silverstone and has failed to score only twice, in 2002 and 2014 – causing a Red Flag in the latter race with a huge first lap crash on the Wellington Straight. Last season marked only the second time that Raikkonen has failed to qualify in the top ten at the British Grand Prix. He qualified twelfth last year and qualified twentieth in 2014. The Finn has taken pole once at the track, in 2004, and has started from the front row four times in total, most recently in 2017. 2017 is also the last season that Raikkonen out-qualified his team-mate at Silverstone.
🇮🇹 Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi failed to finish the British Grand Prix on his first appearance at the event last season. He spun out of the race on Lap 19. On Saturday, he had out-qualified his team-mate and narrowly missed out on a spot in Q3, qualifying in eleventh place. Prior to F1, Giovinazzi took his maiden British F3 victory at Silverstone in the second race of the 2013 meeting. He went on to race here in European F3 in 2013, 2014 and 2015, taking podium finishes in all three of the races in 2015. In 2016, he competed in GP2 at the track, finishing as runner-up in the Feature Race and in fourth place in the Sprint Race. Aside from this, he also appeared in the European Le Mans Series with SMP racing at the track in 2016 finishing fifth in the LMP2 class.
🇫🇷 Romain Grosjean
Sixth place on his first Silverstone appearance in 2012 remains the only time that Romain Grosjean has scored at the British Grand Prix. 2014 and 2017, when he finished twelfth and thirteenth respectively, are the only other years that Grosjean has finished the race. Grosjean has recorded five retirements at the British Grand Prix, including two as a result of crashes with other drivers in the last two years. Grosjean has reached Q3 four times at the circuit, with a best qualifying result of eighth in 2013 and 2018. 2018 is one of only two occasions that Grosjean has been out-qualified by a team-mate here, the other time being in 2012.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen has scored twice at the British Grand Prix and has recorded two retirements. His best result here remains seventh place on his first appearance with McLaren. Since then, he has finished ninth with Haas in 2018, while his only other finish is twelfth place at the 2017 event. He retired in both 2016 and 2019. Magnussen also reached Q3 in the years that he scored, both times qualifying two positions higher than where he finished. He has been eliminated in Q1 at Silverstone twice in the last three seasons. The 2017 British Grand Prix is the only one in which Magnussen has finished in a better position than where he has started.
🇬🇧 George Russell
On his first British Grand Prix appearance last year, George Russell finished fourteenth. He out-qualified his team-mate, recording the nineteenth fastest time in qualifying and made up five positions in the race. Prior to Formula 1, in F3 in 2015, Russell won the second race of the Silverstone meeting. He won the first of the two races in the GP3 series at the track in 2017, and finished fourth in the second. In 2018, Russell finished as runner-up in both the F2 Feature and Sprint Races at the Silverstone Circuit.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi will make his first British Grand Prix appearance in 2020. He has previously raced at the track in Formula 3, Formula 3.5, GP2 and F2. He finished on the podium in the second race of the 2014 Formula 3 meeting, with a second place finish. In F2, he won the 2017 Sprint Race and finished as runner-up in the 2019 Feature Race.
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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.