1067th F1 GRAND PRIX | 77th BRITISH GRAND PRIX | 57th GRAND PRIX AT SILVERSTONE
2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON
Silverstone is the birthplace of Formula 1. The very first World Championship Grand Prix was held at the circuit in May 1950. The 2022 British Grand Prix is set to take place on July 1-3.
Friday 1st July
Free Practice 1 – 1:00pm Local Time
Free Practice 2 – 4:00pm Local Time
Saturday 2nd July
Free Practice 3 – 12:00pm Local Time
Qualifying- 3:00pm Local Time
Sunday 3rd July
The 2022 British Grand Prix – 3:00pm Local Time
This weekend, Lewis Hamilton will overtake Jack Brabham as the driver to have had the tenth longest Formula 1 career. Race day will mark 15 years, 3 months and 15 days since the start of Hamilton’s career. Brabham had a gap of 15 years, 3 months and 9 days between his first and last starts.
Having started every race since the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, Valtteri Bottas will become the 13th driver to start 150 consecutive races. Max Verstappen achieved the same feat at the previous race.
This weekend marks Carlos Sainz’s 150th race start.
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2022 British Grand Prix, he will become the first driver to have won a single Grand Prix on nine separate occasions. It’s a record which Hamilton already shares with Michael Schumacher. Schumacher won eight times at the French Grand Prix, while Hamilton has won eight times so far at both the British and Hungarian Grands Prix.
WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE F1’S LAST VISIT TO SILVERSTONE?
There have been a few minor changes to the Silverstone circuit since the 2021 British Grand Prix. Additional debris fencing has been installed at Turn 3 and on the national pit straight. Run off areas at Turns 9 and 15 have been resurfaced and the kerb at Turn 16 has been shortened.
HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX?
There will be two DRS zones at the 2022 British Grand Prix. Activation zones are located on the Wellington Straight and on the Hangar Straight.
SILVERSTONE TRACK GUIDE
Other circuits have all played their part in British motorsport history but none more so than Silverstone, the home of British Motor Racing. The much-loved track delivers high excitement year on year to a passionate and knowledgeable crowd.
Silverstone’s story begins in 1943. RAF Silverstone was built at a cost of over £1 million, with 5 hangars and three intersecting runways. The area of land is situated in the village of Silverstone, near Towcester, and straddles two counties – Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire. The runways were surrounded by a 3 mile perimeter track which would later serve as part of the race track. The base operated for two years as a training establishment during World War II and was home to a range of Halifax, Lancaster and Wellington bombers. It fell into inactivity in 1946.
Despite the hard times faced by Britons post-war, enthusiasm among certain groups for motorsport didn’t die. There was, however, no major race track in Britain. Brooklands had been handed over to the war’s aviation, as had Donington Park which now acted as a dumping ground for military vehicles. It was in 1947 that the first race was held at the former RAF aerodrome. The first attempt didn’t go entirely to plan, however. An impromptu race meeting had to be abandoned as sheep invaded the track in what became known as the ‘Mutton Grand Prix’. Maurice Geoghegan ran over a sheep which was killed upon impact and the car was written off.
Silverstone’s central location was seen as an ideal location for international motor racing. In 1948, Silverstone held its first official Grand Prix – the RAC International Grand Prix. James Wilson Brown, a farmer, was employed by the RAC and in August 1948 he was given two months to transform the airfield into a fully-fledged race track. 100,000 fans witnessed Silverstone’s inaugural offering, as crops and piggery were bundled into the centre of the circuit and shielded by hay bales. As would become the custom at Silverstone, traffic jams plagued the weekend as fans made their way to the circuit. Luigi Villoresi was the victor of this race. The 1949 race at Silverstone was the first to be titled the ‘British Grand Prix’. It was run on a different track configuration, which was the full three mile perimeter road of the former airfield. It promoted flat out, high speed racing and can perhaps be considered as the birthplace of modern motorsport. It was run over 300 miles, with Toulo de Graffenreid taking the win after 100 laps.
WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?
The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on Thursday afternoon. 10 drivers will talk to the media in the press conference. The 10 drivers will be split into two groups:
Group 1: Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Mick Schumacher, Lando Norris, Sergio Perez
Group 2: Zhou Guanyu, Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Nicholas Latifi
The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Guenther Steiner (Haas), Andreas Seidl (McLaren), Mike Elliott (Mercedes), Laurent Rossi (Alpine), Christian Horner (Red Bull) and Jost Capito (Williams).
WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?
Niels Wittich will be the race director at the 2022 British Grand Prix.
WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?
Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Danny Sullivan.
The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:
WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?
In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C1, C2 and C3 compounds for this race weekend.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME AT THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX?
While F1 hosted its first ever Sprint Qualifying session at Silverstone, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided in the Grand Prix, as Hamilton took another home win.
Formula 1 ran a revised weekend schedule at the 2021 British Grand Prix, which saw just a single hour of practice before the conventional qualifying session on Friday evening. George Russell delighted the partisan crowd with a Q3 appearance, while Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap time which saw him line up at the front of the grid for the inaugural Sprint Qualifying.
In Sprint Qualifying, Max Verstappen got ahead of Hamilton into Turn 1 and that was how it remained, with the Red Bull driver securing pole position. The other Red Bull of Sergio Perez faltered in the sprint race, spinning out and ultimately retiring. Russell also cost himself a top ten starting slot following a three-place grid penalty for an incident with Carlos Sainz on the opening lap.
Verstappen and Hamilton went wheel to wheel once again on the opening lap of the race – but this time with severe consequences. Side by side at Copse, the pair made contact, sending Verstappen spearing into the barriers. The red flags were shown as a result – but not before Charles Leclerc had found his way into the lead of the race. Hamilton picked up a 10-second time penalty for the incident.
Leclerc held his position at the restart and led for the majority of the race, despite engine scares throughout. The Ferrari driver was passed with only two laps to go by Hamilton, who went on to seal yet another British Grand Prix victory. Valtteri Bottas secured the final podium place. Aside from Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel was the only other retirement from the race. He spun at the restart and pulled into the pits before the race reached its conclusion.