Hamilton holds the record for most Silverstone victories, while eight current drivers hold a 100% finish rate at the British Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know about each driver’s history at Silverstone!
🇬🇧 LEWIS HAMILTON
Lewis Hamilton won the 2020 British Grand Prix on three wheels, setting a new outright record for most home Grand Prix wins. Hamilton has won seven times at Silverstone, with six of those victories coming in the last seven years. He has finished in the top two in all of the last eight races at Silverstone. Hamilton has never failed to finish at the track, with a worst result of sixteenth in 2009. 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 in 2019 by the narrowest of margins. Last year, he took pole position for the British Grand Prix but was pipped by his team-mate once again at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Since 2012, the 2018 British Grand Prix is the only Silverstone race in which Hamilton has not led a lap.
🇫🇮 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. He also finished on the podium at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, with a third place finish. While Bottas has a 100% finish rate at Silverstone, he failed to score in the 2013, 2016 and 2020 British Grands Prix. He suffered a puncture in the late stages of last year’s race. Bottas 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 in 2019. He also took pole for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix last year. Bottas and his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa memorably led the opening laps of the event in 2015, and the Finn has led laps in all but one of the last four Silverstone races.
🇳🇱 MAX VERSTAPPEN
Max Verstappen finished on the podium at both of 2020’s Silverstone races, taking victory in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. He finished as runner-up in the British Grand Prix. Verstappen has one further podium finish at Silverstone, having also finished in second in 2016. Verstappen has finished in the top five on every occasion which he has reached the chequered flag. He finished fourth in 2017 and fifth in 2019, despite being rammed into by Sebastian Vettel. He retired from the British Grand Prix in 2015 and 2018. Verstappen has qualified in the top five in all of the last six Silverstone races, with a best qualifying result of third in the 2016 and 2020 British Grands Prix. 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.
🇲🇽 SERGIO PEREZ
Sergio Perez missed both races at Silverstone last year after testing positive for coronavirus. In 2019, for the first time since 2014, Sergio Perez failed to score at the British Grand Prix. 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.
🇦🇺 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 five seasons. While the latter statement is true, he scored in only one of last year’s two races at the circuit. While he finished fourth in the British Grand Prix, he came home only fourteenth in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. 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, while his only retirement at the circuit came in 2015. In the last eight 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. He out-qualified Renault team-mate Esteban Ocon at both of 2020’s Silverstone races.
🇬🇧 LANDO NORRIS
After finishing just outside of the points on his home Grand Prix debut in 2019, Lando Norris scored in both races at Silverstone in 2020, recording a best result of fifth at the British Grand Prix. He finished ninth in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Norris has reached Q3 on all three appearances at Silverstone, with a best qualifying result of fifth at the 2020 British Grand Prix. He is yet to be out-qualified by his team-mate here. 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.
🇩🇪 SEBASTIAN VETTEL
For the first time at the British Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel finished in a position outside of the points in 2019. He went on to score only one point from last year’s pair of Silverstone races, finishing tenth in the British Grand Prix and twelfth in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. 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. The 2020 British Grand Prix marked the first time he failed to qualify in the top eight at the track, while the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was the first time in his fourteen appearances that he has failed to reach Q3. In the last six seasons, the 2018 British Grand Prix is the only Silverstone race at which Vettel has out-qualified his team-mate.
🇨🇦 LANCE STROLL
Lance Stroll scored in both races at Silverstone in 2020, marking the first time he has scored at the track. He finished ninth in the British Grand Prix, before bettering that with a sixth place finish in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Stroll holds a 100% finish record at Silverstone. He reached Q3 at the venue for the first time last year, qualifying in sixth for both races. It was the first time he has not been eliminated in Q1 at the track, as well as the first time he has out-qualified his team-mate here – though he was helped somewhat by Nico Hulkenberg deputising with short notice.
🇪🇸 FERNANDO ALONSO
Fernando Alonso has won the British Grand Prix twice – in 2006 and 2011. He has four further podium finishes at Silverstone, his latest being a third place finish for Ferrari in 2013. 2003 and 2017 are the only years in which Alonso has retired from the British Grand Prix. He scored points here on his last visit in 2018 with an eighth place finish. It was the first time he scored at the track since 2015. Alonso has taken three pole positions at Silverstone – in 2005, 2006 and 2012. He reached Q3 only once in his last five appearances at the track. Meanwhile, from his last eleven British Grand Prix outings, 2017 is the only year in which Alonso was out-qualified by his team-mate.
🇫🇷 ESTEBAN OCON
Esteban Ocon has scored on all four appearances at Silverstone, recording his best result so far at the track last year with sixth place in the 2020 British Grand Prix. He has finished in the top eight in all four F1 races which he has competed in here. Last year’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix marked the first time that he failed to reach Q3 at the circuit, qualifying in eleventh place. In that session, he also picked up a three place grid penalty for impeding another driver. His best qualifying result at Silverstone is eighth, recorded on his first F1 visit to the track in 2017. 2018 is the only year in which Ocon has out-qualified his team-mate at Silverstone. Ocon has gained at least three places from where he has started in all of his last three Silverstone appearances.
🇲🇨 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. He finished on the podium in both the 2019 and 2020 British Grands Prix, and finished fourth in last year’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Leclerc has reached Q3 on every Silverstone appearance, with a best qualifying result of third in 2019. He is yet to be out-qualified by a team-mate at the circuit and, in the three races which he has finished here, is yet to lose a position from where he has 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.
🇪🇸 CARLOS SAINZ
Carlos Sainz failed to score at Silverstone in either of last year’s races at the track, finishing in thirteenth place both times. From his seven appearances, Sainz has scored only twice, with eighth place in 2016 and sixth in 2019. The Spaniard has reached Q3 at the track three times – in 2015, 2016 and, most recently, at the 2020 British Grand Prix, where he recorded his best qualifying result at Silverstone to date with seventh place. 2018 is the only season in which Sainz has been eliminated in Q1 at the track, while 2016 is the last time that he out-qualified his team-mate here. The 2019 British Grand Prix is the only race at the circuit in which Sainz has finished in a better position than where he started.
🇫🇷 PIERRE GASLY
Pierre Gasly has scored points on two of his four appearances at Silverstone. He recorded what was at the time a career-best fourth place at the 2019 British Grand Prix, before finishing seventh for AlphaTauri at the 2020 British Grand Prix. Gasly holds a 100% finish rate at the track. The Frenchman has reached Q3 here twice, qualifying in fifth for the 2019 race and seventh at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. Last year’s races marked the first time that Gasly out-qualified his team-mate at the circuit, while the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix was the first time that he has lost positions from where he has started at the venue. Gasly also raced here in GP2, scoring a podium in the 2015 Sprint Race and a victory in the 2016 Feature Race.
🇯🇵 YUKI TSUNODA
This will be Yuki Tsunoda’s first British Grand Prix appearance. The Japanese driver has previously raced at Silverstone in F3 and F2. In F2, he has recorded two podium finishes here: third place in the Feature Race over the 2020 British Grand Prix weekend and a win in the Sprint Race at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix weekend.
🇫🇮 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. Until 2020, Raikkonen had scored on every finish at Silverstone and had failed to finish only twice, in 2002 and 2014 – causing a Red Flag in the latter race with a huge first lap crash on the Wellington Straight. He did not score in either of 2020’s races at the track. Raikkonen was out in Q1 at both races last year, marking the third and fourth times that the Finn has failed to qualify in the top ten at the track. He 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 in which Raikkonen out-qualified his team-mate at Silverstone.
🇮🇹 ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Antonio Giovinazzi is yet to score at Silverstone. He retired on his first appearance in 2019, spinning out on Lap 19, before finishing fourteenth in the 2020 British Grand Prix and seventeenth in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. He was eliminated in Q1 at both of last year’s Silverstone races, but is yet to be out-qualified by team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the circuit. 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.
🇩🇪 MICK SCHUMACHER
Mick Schumacher has previously raced at Silverstone in F2 and F3. His best result here is a win in the second race of the F3 meeting in 2018. He finished on the podium in F2 at Silverstone in 2020, recording a second place finish in the Sprint Race at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
🇷🇺 NIKITA MAZEPIN
Nikita Mazepin has raced at Silverstone in F3, GP3 and F2. Last year, in F2, Mazepin scored in all four races held at Silverstone and won the Feature Race over the British Grand Prix weekend.
🇬🇧 GEORGE RUSSELL
George Russell has a 100% finish rate at Silverstone, with a best finishing position of twelfth in the 2020 British Grand Prix. He finished fourteenth in 2019 and eighteenth in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. After qualifying on the back row in 2019, Russell reached Q2 and qualified in fifteenth in both of last year’s races at the track. However, he started at the back for the British Grand Prix after failing to slow for yellow flags during the qualifying session. 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 raced at Silverstone in F1 for the first time last season. He finished fifteenth in the British Grand Prix and nineteenth in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, finishing behind his team-mate in both races. The Canadian was eliminated in Q1 at both events, and qualified in last for the British Grand Prix. Latifi 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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