Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Silverstone circuit ahead of the 2021 British Grand Prix!
SILVERSTONE RACE WINNERS
55 Formula 1 races have been held at the Silverstone circuit since 1950. That includes 54 British Grands Prix and the one-off 70th Anniversary Grand Prix which took place in 2020. During that time, 31 different drivers have won at the track.
Lewis Hamilton has more wins at Silverstone than any other driver. He recorded his seventh Silverstone victory at the 2020 British Grand Prix. Ferrari have more wins than any other team here, with fourteen. Ferrari-powered cars have also won here more than any other engine, also with fourteen wins.
British drivers have over three times more victories at Silverstone than any other nation. The British national anthem has played out 22 times at the track.
Alberto Ascari, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Nigel Mansell, Jacques Villeneuve, David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton are the eight drivers who have taken back-to-back wins at the circuit. Hamilton has the most consecutive wins at the circuit, with four victories in a row between 2014 and 2017.
Ferrari hold the record for the most consecutive team wins at Silverstone. They won the event on all six occasions that the British Grand Prix was held at the track between 1951 and 1958.
There have been twelve occasions on which a team has recorded a 1-2 finish at Silverstone. Ferrari have the most 1-2 finishes at the track with four, while Mercedes recorded the most recent 1-2 result at the track in 2019.
There are five previous Silverstone winners on the 2021 grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most victories, with seven, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have each won here twice, while Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen have each won at the track once.
The longest streak of different winners at this track came between 2003 and 2010, when there were no repeat winners for eight seasons.
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been won by over a lap on five occasions. Alberto Ascari was first to finish a lap ahead of everyone else in 1952 and since then Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956, Jackie Stewart in 1969, Emerson Fittipaldi in 1975 and Alain Prost in 1985 have all joined the Italian in completing the feat.
The smallest win margin at Silverstone is 0.765 seconds, which is the amount Nico Rosberg won the 2013 event by.
A race at Silverstone has been won by less than ten seconds on seventeen occasions. A race at the track has been won by less than five seconds on thirteen occasions, including four times since the configuration of the track was updated in 2010.
From the last ten Grands Prix held at Silverstone, the average win margin is 11.160 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM AT SILVERSTONE
73 different drivers have finished on the podium at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton has the most podium finishes of any driver here, with eleven top three finishes.
Once again, it’s British drivers who dominate the all-time list of podium finishes at Silverstone, with 44 podiums in total – over double the total of nearest rival Germany, who have had eighteen top three finishes at the track.
There are eight drivers on the 2021 grid who have previously finished on the podium at Silverstone. Aside from Hamilton’s record of eleven top three finishes, Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium seven times, Fernando Alonso has done so six times, Sebastian Vettel has enjoyed five top three finishes here, Valtteri Bottas has finished on the podium four times, while Max Verstappen has had three top three finishes at the circuit. Charles Leclerc has recorded two Silverstone podium finishes, while Daniel Ricciardo recorded his only podium appearance at the British Grand Prix to date in 2014.
Ferrari are the team with the most podium finishes at the track. They’ve finished in the top three 45 times. McLaren are next on the list with 27 top three appearances.
From the 55 races at the track, the polesitter has finished on the podium 33 times.
The lowest grid position a podium finish has come from at Silverstone is 28th. This happened at the 1954 British Grand Prix, when Onofre Marimón finished third having started 28th in a thirty-car field.
There have been ten F1 races at Silverstone where all the top three qualifiers have gone on to finish on the podium, but there has never been a race at the track where the top three finished in the order in which they started.
There have been four races at this circuit where none of the top three qualifiers have finished on the podium. It has happened in 1979, 1981, 2008 and 2014.
34 different drivers have taken pole position at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton is the driver with the most poles at the track, having set the Saturday pace seven times in total, including six times in the past eight years.
Williams and Ferrari are currently tied for the most team poles at the track with eleven each. In the battle of the nations, British drivers have taken almost three times more poles than any other nation at Silverstone. British drivers have twenty poles, their nearest rivals Finland have seven.
There are five previous British Grand Prix polesitters on the 2021 grid. Lewis Hamilton has seven pole positions here, Fernando Alonso has three, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas each have two and Kimi Raikkonen has been on pole once at Silverstone.
Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are the eight drivers to have taken pole position at consecutive events at Silverstone. Hamilton has the most consecutive poles at the track, having set the fastest Saturday time in every year between 2015 and 2018.
No team has taken more consecutive poles at Silverstone than Mercedes, who have taken pole position in all of the last nine races held at the circuit.
The smallest spread of lap times in qualifying came in 2009, when just 2.117 seconds separated Sebastian Vettel’s fastest time in Q2 from Sebastien Buemi’s lap for last on the grid in Q1. Meanwhile, there was a huge 98 second gap between polesitter Giuseppe Farina and last-placed Bill Aston in qualifying at Silverstone in 1952. Aston was a DNS in the race, the reasoning being that his car was ‘too slow’.
Since 1992, pole at Silverstone has been decided by over a second twice. Nigel Mansell holds the record for the largest pole margin at Silverstone, lapping 1.919 seconds faster than any other driver in his championship-winning season. Since then, Nico Rosberg is the only other driver to have been over a second faster than anyone else in qualifying at the track. He did so at the 2014 race, where he was fastest by 1.620 seconds, aided by the changing conditions of the track.
The smallest pole margin at Silverstone is a mere 0.003 seconds, which decided pole in Damon Hill and Rubens Barrichello’s favours in 1994 and 2000 respectively.
There have been thirteen qualifying sessions at Silverstone at which pole has been decided by less than a tenth of a second and four occasions where pole has been decided by less than one hundredth of a second. The most recent occurrence of this is in 2019, when Valtteri Bottas took pole by 0.006 seconds.
From the last ten races at Silverstone, the average pole margin is 0.352 seconds – though without Nico Rosberg’s anomaly in 2014, the average margin drops to 0.212 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY AT SILVERSTONE
Twenty British Grands Prix at Silverstone have been won from pole position. 36 races at the track have been won from the front row of the grid.
There have been fourteen occasions on which the polesitter has finished on the podium here without winning the race.
Nineteen races at this track have been won from third on the grid or lower. The furthest back win came in 1975, when Emerson Fittipaldi won for McLaren from seventh on the grid.
SILVERSTONE SUNDAY STATS
In total, 1,265 cars have started a Grand Prix at Silverstone. From those, 768 cars have reached the end of the race. That gives an overall finish rate of 61%.
The fewest number of cars to finish a Formula 1 race at Silverstone is six. This happened in 1975, in a race which was ended prematurely due to a heavy hail storm. The highest number of cars to still be running at the end of a race here is 22, in 1952, though the highest finish percentage is 95%, which happened at both the 2005 British Grand Prix and the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, when nineteen of the twenty cars which started the race reached the chequered flag.
In total, 45 cars have retired on the first lap of a Grand Prix held at Silverstone. The most cars out on the first lap was ten, in 1973. Kevin Magnussen is the most recent driver to record a first lap retirement at Silverstone, doing so in the 2020 British Grand Prix.
There have been thirteen F1 races at Silverstone where more than ten drivers have completed every lap of the Grand Prix. The highest number of drivers to finish on the lead lap of the race here is eighteen, which happened in 2013, thanks to multiple Safety Car periods.
Since 1998, the Safety Car has made an appearance in fifteen Silverstone races, including in every British Grand Prix since 2013.
The highest number of Safety Car appearances in a single race here is two, which has happened in 2003, 2013, 2018 and 2020.
Ten Silverstone races have been affected by rain.
29 different drivers have set the fastest lap of a race at Silverstone. Nigel Mansell has set the most fastest laps in a Grand Prix at Silverstone. He set the Sunday pace on six occasions.
Four races at Silverstone have been red-flagged.
There have been four F1 races at Silverstone which have failed to reach their scheduled distance. It happened in 1975, 1985, 2007 and 2017.
In total, there have been 3,549 Grand Prix racing laps completed at Silverstone.
There has never been a World Champion crowned at Silverstone, though Cooper won the Constructors’ Championship at the circuit in 1960.
There has never been a dead rubber F1 race held at Silverstone.
The winner of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone has gone on to win the title in the same year on 26 occasions. There have been 21 occasions on which the polesitter for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone has gone on to win the title in the same season.
The leader of the championship after a race at Silverstone has gone on to win the title 40 times in the 54 years in which F1 races have been held at the track.
Read more Silverstone statistics from last year’s British Grand Prix: 2020 British Grand Prix Post Race Stats
After graduating 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 sixth 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 Motorsport Guides. 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.