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British GP - Formula 1: All You Need to Know

23 June 2022 10:48:15 EST
Lewis Hamilton has won the British Grand Prix a record eight times

The British Grand Prix is one of the cornerstones of the Formula 1 calendar, having been the very first race in the very first season back in 1950.

Home success has been plentiful, with Lewis Hamilton have taken the chequered flag a record eight times.

What

British Grand Prix

Where

Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire

When

15:00, Sunday 3rd July

How to watch

Sky Sports F1, Channel 4

OddsMax Verstappen 1.66, Charles Leclerc 4.50, Sergio Perez 21.00, Carlos Sainz 5.50, Lewis Hamilton 13.00 

Where is the British Grand Prix?

The British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone as it has done every year since 1987. It is one of the fastest circuits on the F1 calendar and the current iteration of the track has been in use since 2010 with an "arena" style start/finish complex.

Brands Hatch has also been a previous venue for the British GP, as well as the old Aintree circuit.

How many British Grands Prix have been run?

72 races have been officially held as part of the F1 World Championship, with Giuseppe Farina winning the first back in 1950.

Who is the most successful driver in the British Grand Prix?

Unsurprisingly, Lewis Hamilton tops the charts having won the race eight times since his F1 debut in 2007.

He picked up a maiden home win in 2008 and has won the race in seven of the last eight seasons for Mercedes. Next on the list are former world champions Jim Clark and Alain Prost with five victories apiece.

Who won last year's race?

Lewis Hamilton won in 2021, but only following a controversial first-lap shunt with title rival Max Verstappen, where the Red Bull was thrown off at high speed going into Copse corner.

How have Red Bull performed at Silverstone in the past?

Not well is the short answer. Silverstone is a bit of a bogey circuit for the Austrian team and they last won a race in Northamptonshire back in 2012 when Mark Webber took the chequered flag.

Weber also won in 2010, while four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel triumphed 12 months earlier.

How have Ferrari performed at Silverstone in the past?

Given Ferrari haven't been heading the pack in the last few years, it is no surprise that they haven't had too much to shout about at Silverstone.

Since Michael Schumacher's last win here for Ferrari in 2004, only three Scuderia drivers have jumped on to the top step of the podium (Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, Fernando Alonso in 2011 and Vettel in 2018).

How much longer does Silverstone have the contract for the British GP?

Currently, that deal is due to expire in 2024, though given the history of the circuit and Britain's contribution to F1, it is highly likely a new deal will be sought after.

What time are the main events?

Qualifying will take place at 3pm BST on Saturday 2nd July, while the race gets under way at 3pm on Sunday 3rd July.

Who is leading the championship going into the race?

Max Verstappen, 1.083 to retain his F1 drivers' title, has a healthy 46-point lead over team-mate Sergio Perez heading into round ten of the season.

The Dutchman won the Canadian Grand Prix last weekend and held off a late challenge from Ferrari's Carlos Sainz to take the chequered flag.

Perez's retirement due to mechanical issues helped Verstappen a lot, as did Charles Leclerc being forced to start from the back of the grid, from where he fought up the field to finish fifth.

Verstappen, looking to win back-to-back titles, has won six of this year's nine races, with Leclerc triumphing twice, while Perez's sole victory coming in Monaco.

Could Lewis Hamilton win this year's British GP?

The home fans would like to see it, but it still looks unlikely we will see Mercedes challenge right at the head of the grid.

Their performance in Canada was much-improved, with Hamilton recording a first podium finish of the season, while George Russell came fourth. However, Red Bull and Ferrari still have edge in terms of raw performance.

How can I watch the British GP?

Both Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 have live coverage of every practice session, as well as qualifying and the race, with plenty of build-up and post-race fallout also on offer.

How many spectators are expected to attend on race day?

142,000 people are expected to descend on Silverstone for the race which is a sell-out and which should also break the record for an attendance at the circuit.

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