The British Grand Prix is one of the oldest continuously staged Formula One World Championship Grand Prix races. It was designated the European Grand Prix five times between 1950 and 1977 and sees the world’s best racing drivers vying for honours.
What to expect at the British Grand Prix
As a three day event the British Grand Prix includes two practices on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the big race on Sunday. The F1 drivers call the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix at the iconic Silverstone circuit ‘insanely fast’ and it showcases some of the most exhilarating driving in the world.
F1 has seen some big names leave the sport in 2016 such as Jenson Button, Filipe Massa and World Champion Nico Rosberg. However fans still flock to see Lewis Hamilton and new rising star Max Verstappen. The British Grand Prix is attended by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Amanda Holden, former members of the Spice Girls and a host of Hollywood stars.
Event hotspots and hospitality
Access to the team garages and the pit walk are the ultimate invite however Paddock Club hospitality is set above the pit garages on the start line and is another desirable location. There are various levels of grandstand seating, with packages including platinum and gold among the most sought-after.
Did you know
Lewis Hamilton won in 2016 for Mercedes, followed by Max Verstappen who was driving for Red Bull. Hamilton’s Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg crossed the line in third.
On the day of the main event (Sunday) the helicopter landing area is busier than Heathrow Airport, with helicopters landing in quick succession and bringing guests to the heart of the British Grand Prix.
The British and Italian Grand Prix races are the oldest continuously staged Formula One World Championship races.
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The British weather is always an unpredictable factor at this event for some reason. The dress code can be from wellington boots with rain macs and umbrellas to summer shorts and T-shirts. However, if you’re enjoying paddock club hospitality then smart casual is required.
Silverstone, Towcester, NN12 8TN, UK
By car the M40 is the route to use however helicopter is very popular and is much quicker. Parking at the circuit is permitted Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a circuit parking pass. To make sure your journey is as quick as possible, follow the signposts that are situated on local roads and on the M1 and M40 rather than Sat Nav. Virgin Trains run a dedicated service for British Grand Prix goers on Sunday to Milton Keynes from London Euston, you will then get a coach transfer (included in the ticket price) to Silverstone. View Location.