Silverstone hosted the first ever World Championship race in 1950 and has gone on to host the British Grand Prix on almost 60 occasions since. Here are all the facts and statistics you need to know about the Silverstone circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix!
Track length: 5.891km
Race length: 306.198km
Circuit opened: 1948
F1 first visited: 1950
Races held: 56
Track Record: 1:24.303, Lewis Hamilton, 2020
Lap Record: 1:27.097, Max Verstappen, 2020
SILVERSTONE RACE WINNERS
56 Formula 1 races have been held at the Silverstone circuit since 1950. That includes 55 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 eighth Silverstone victory at the 2021 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 23 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 four previous Silverstone winners on the current grid. Lewis Hamilton has the most victories, with eight, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have each won here twice, while Max Verstappen took victory at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in 2020.
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 of time by which Nico Rosberg won the 2013 event.
A race at Silverstone has been won by less than ten seconds on eighteen occasions. A race at the track has been won by less than five seconds on fourteen 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 11.241 seconds.
ON THE PODIUM AT SILVERSTONE
72 different drivers have finished on the podium at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton has the most podium finishes of any driver here, with twelve top three finishes.
Ferrari are the team with the most podium finishes at the track. They’ve finished in the top three 46 times. McLaren are next on the list with 27 top three appearances.
Once again, it’s British drivers who dominate the all-time list of podium finishes at Silverstone, with 45 podiums in total – over double the total of nearest rival Germany, who have had eighteen top three finishes at the track.
There are seven drivers on the current grid who have previously finished on the podium at Silverstone. Aside from Hamilton’s record of twelve top three finishes, Fernando Alonso has six top three finishes at Silverstone, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas each have five podium finishes, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have finished on the podium on three occasions, while Daniel Ricciardo recorded his only podium appearance at the British Grand Prix to date in 2014.
From the 56 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.
35 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 nine years. Hamilton was also fastest in qualifying in 2021, but this did not give him pole position as Max Verstappen was victorious in F1’s first Sprint Qualifying event.
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 current grid. Lewis Hamilton has seven pole positions here, Fernando Alonso has three, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas each have two and Max Verstappen 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, whose run of nine consecutive pole positions at the circuit came to an end at the 2021 British Grand Prix.
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 fifteen 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 last time pole was decided by less than a hundredth of a second was in 2019, when Valtteri Bottas was just 0.006 seconds faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
In addition to the fifteen qualifying sessions decided by less than a tenth of a second, Lewis Hamilton also set the fastest lap in Friday qualifying for the 2021 British Grand Prix by 0.075 seconds. However, this did not give him pole position due to the introduction of Sprint Qualifying.
From the last ten races at Silverstone, the average pole margin is 0.355 seconds – though without Nico Rosberg’s anomaly in 2014, the average margin drops to 0.215 seconds.
SATURDAY TO SUNDAY AT SILVERSTONE
Twenty British Grands Prix at Silverstone have been won from pole position. 37 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
1,369 cars have been entered into World Championship races at Silverstone. Of those cars, 1,294 have qualified for races and 1,285 have made the start of the race. Of the 1,285 cars which have started at Silverstone, 786 have crossed the finish line. 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, 46 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. Max Verstappen is the most recent driver to record a first lap retirement at Silverstone, doing so in the 2021 British Grand Prix.
There have been fourteen 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.
30 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.
Five 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 3,601 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 22 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 41 times in the 55 years in which F1 races have been held at the track.
In the last 24 seasons, there have been only four occasions on which the team leading the Constructors’ Championship after the British Grand Prix has failed to win that year’s title. It last happened in 2021, when Red Bull led the way after the Silverstone race.
Read more Silverstone statistics from last year’s British Grand Prix: 2021 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. 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 and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.