2021 British Grand Prix Weekend Information

THE 2021 BRITISH GRAND PRIX 

ROUND 10. 16th – 18th July.

1045th F1 GRAND PRIX | 76th BRITISH GRAND PRIX | 56th GRAND PRIX AT SILVERSTONE

2020 POLESITTER: LEWIS HAMILTON | 2020 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 16th July
Free Practice 1 (2:30pm Local Time)
Qualifying (6pm Local Time)

Saturday 17th July
Free Practice 2 (12pm Local Time)
Sprint Qualifying (4:30pm Local Time)

Sunday 18th July
The 2021 British Grand Prix (3pm Local Time)


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • Having set a new record of most home Grand Prix wins at the 2020 British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton could become the first driver to have won his home race on eight occasions should he win the 2021 British Grand Prix. It would also make him one short of equalling the record for most wins on home soil, currently held by Michael Schumacher. 
  • This weekend, Kimi Raikkonen will become the first driver to have made 20 F1 race entries at Silverstone. He overtakes Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have made the most F1 appearances at the circuit. If he completes 15 laps of the race, Raikkonen will be the second driver – after Barrichello – to have raced 1,000 laps at the track.
  • Antonio Giovinazzi will make his 50th Grand Prix start at the 2021 British Grand Prix, becoming the 140th driver to have made 50 Formula 1 appearances.
  • For the first time, Sprint Qualifying will take place at the 2021 British Grand Prix. The traditional qualifying hour takes place on Friday evening, making it the first race weekend since the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix at which some part of qualifying has taken place on Friday.
  • There are three points on offer for pole position at the 2021 British Grand Prix. It’s the first time that points have been awarded to the polesitter in Formula 1. That means the maximum number of points available to score this weekend is 29 – the second largest in the sport’s history, beaten only by the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at which 50 points were awarded for the win.
  • Though it’s technically a qualifying session, Sprint Qualifying means that the 2021 British Grand Prix will be the first time that F1 cars have raced on Saturday at a World Championship event since the 1985 South African Grand Prix.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WEEKEND NOTES

Since 2020’s pair of races at Silverstone, new tyre barriers have been added at the entry to Turn 6 and at the exit of Turn 18. Furthermore, the tyre barrier on the left between Turns 10 and 11 have been extended.

The white line denoting the pit exit has been narrowed and now measures four metres from the track edge.

New debris fences have been erected and there are new guard rails at the pit entry.


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.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULES

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on the Thursday before the race. All 20 drivers will appear in the press conferences at the British Grand Prix, which will take place virtually.

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Friday. The team members appearing in the Teams’ Press Conference for this race weekend are Zak Brown (McLaren), Toto Wolff (Mercedes), Christian Horner (Red Bull), Marcin Budkowski (Alpine), Otmar Szafnauer (Aston Martin) and Jost Capito (Williams).


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 Emanuele Pirro.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


TYRE SELECTIONS

In 2021, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli: two sets of hard compounds, three sets of medium compounds and eight sets of soft compounds. Pirelli will supply the C1, C2 and C3 compounds for this race weekend.


70th ANNIVERSARY GP RECAP

After their tyre woes one week previously at the British Grand Prix, Mercedes struggled with Pirelli rubber once again at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – allowing Red Bull and Max Verstappen to take their first win of 2020.

Nico Hulkenberg replaced Sergio Perez for a second successive race at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The German impressed in qualifying, lining up third on the grid – behind only the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. Hulkenberg was passed by Max Verstappen on the opening lap, while Bottas and Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel. Hamilton challenged Bottas into Brooklands, but the Finn remained ahead. As Verstappen told his engineers that he would not wait behind the Mercedes “like a grandma”, the Mercedes’ tyres began to show signs of wear. Bottas pitted first, with Verstappen hunting down Hamilton for the lead. Hamilton pitted soon after, leaving the Red Bull in clear air. While team-mate Alex Albon pulled off brave moves on Kimi Raikkonen around the outside of Stowe and on Pierre Gasly at Luffield, Verstappen continued to lap strongly. Once again, Mercedes’ tyres were beginning to grain with over half distance still to run. Verstappen pitted on Lap 27, emerging from the pit lane just behind Bottas. With the Mercedes now split, Verstappen wasted no time in passing Bottas and re-assuming the lead of the race. Just five laps later, Bottas and Verstappen both pitted again. Hamilton pitted from the lead ten laps later, allowing Verstappen to lead once more. With Verstappen now way out in the lead, Bottas and Hamilton fought for second place – with the reigning champion eventually coming out on top. Verstappen secured the win – his and Red Bull’s first of the 2020 season.

2020 BRITISH GP RECAP

Nothing could stop Lewis Hamilton from taking another home victory at the 2020 British Grand Prix – not even a puncture on the final lap!

Ahead of the British Grand Prix weekend, Racing Point announced a positive COVID-19 test for Sergio Perez. The Mexican driver was forced to miss the race weekend, and was replaced by Nico Hulkenberg. The German driver failed to take the start due to a mechanical issue. Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a new Track Record at the Silverstone circuit. The two Mercedes went side by side at Turn 1, but Hamilton stayed ahead. On the second lap, Alex Albon collided with Kevin Magnussen, sending the Haas spearing into the barrier on the main straight. The Safety Car was called out as a result, with Albon opting to make an early stop. The Red Bull driver was handed a five-second penalty for causing a collision. Racing had barely resumed when the Safety Car made another appearance, this time as a result of a heavy crash for Daniil Kvyat. Kvyat collided with the barriers due to a rear tyre failure. The leaders pitted under the Safety Car, before racing resumed on Lap 19. In the closing stages, Valtteri Bottas – who was running second – picked up a puncture which dropped him well down the order. Max Verstappen made a precautionary pit stop at the start of the penultimate lap. On the final lap, Carlos Sainz also ran into tyre troubles having been in fourth place. This was followed by a puncture for race leader Lewis Hamilton half way around the final lap. Verstappen, now with no tyre concerns, closed in on the ailing Mercedes but Hamilton held on to take a record-breaking seventh home win in the most extraordinary circumstances.


FASTEST EVER LAP


RECENT FASTEST LAPS IN EACH SESSION

Session201720182019202070th Anniversary
Free Practice 11:29.106 (Valtteri Bottas)1:27.487 (Lewis Hamilton)1:27.173 (Pierre Gasly)1:27.422 (Max Verstappen)1:26.166 (Valtteri Bottas)
Free Practice 21:28.496 (Valtteri Bottas)1:27.552 (Sebastian Vettel)1:26.732 (Valtteri Bottas)1:27.274 (Lance Stroll)1:25.606 (Lewis Hamilton)
Free Practice 31:28.063 (Lewis Hamilton)1:26.722 (Lewis Hamilton)1:25.905 (Charles Leclerc)1:25.873 (Valtteri Bottas)1:26.621 (Lewis Hamilton)
Qualifying1:26.600 (Lewis Hamilton)1:25.892 (Lewis Hamilton)1:25.093 (Valtteri Bottas)1:24.303 (Lewis Hamilton)1:25.154 (Valtteri Bottas)
Grand Prix1:30.621 (Lewis Hamilton)1:30.696 (Sebastian Vettel)1:27.369 (Lewis Hamilton)1:27.097 (Max Verstappen)1:28.451 (Lewis Hamilton)

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