British Grand Prix

2020 British Grand Prix

First Grand Prix: 1950

Number of Laps: 52

Circuit Length: 5.891km

Race Distance: 306.198 km

Lap Record: 1:27.097 Max Verstappen (2020)

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The British Grand Prix is hosted at the Silverstone Circuit just south of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England. Last year’s event (2019) was the 70th time that the race had been held as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the 53rd time that a World Championship round had been hosted at Silverstone circuit.

Being the round of the first championship season in the 1950, this race is marked as the oldest in F1 World Championship Calendar. This and the Italian Grand Prix are the only two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix that have been staged during every season that the championship has been held. The British Grand Prix did not take place during the existence of the European Championship even though it was a part of the World Manufacturers’ Championship in both 1926 and 1927. It earned a 5-time honorary designation as the European Grand Prix around the European races in 1950-1977. All British Grands Prix back in 1926 took place in England, where the British motor racing industry is mostly situated.

When was the first British Grand Prix?

The British Grand Prix was organized in Great Britain by the Royal Automobile Club Grand Prix motor racing first came to Britain in 1926. This took place after successes of Henry Segrave in leading the French GP in 1923 and then followed by the San Sebastián Grand Prix the next year, driving a Sunbeam Grand Prix car in both races. This event has developed the interest in the motorsport domestically and proved  to the AIACR that the breakthroughs made in the British motor industry are enough to worthy of the honor of hosting an international grand prix motor race. Because of this, it has been held annually since 1948.

The World Championship of Drivers was introduced in 1950 and the year that the British Grand Prix was the first World Championship Formula One race ever held, with new regulations and 6 other races in Europe. Alfa Romeo driver Giuseppe “Nino” Farina acquired the winning title of this race. One notable spectator of the race was King George VI. In this same year, the British GP has been a round of the FIA Formula One World Championship every year.

The 1951 race was for the most part unbelievable, for the reason that an Alfa Romeo lost the F1 race for the time; these high fuel consumption Italian cars were beaten by the more fuel-efficient Ferrari – another Italian make – of Argentine José Froilán González in what was the famed Scuderia’s first ever Formula One victory.

Following the transfer of the lease of the Silverstone Circuit to the British Racing Drivers’ Club in 1952, the RAC delegated the organization of the race to the BRDC for the first time, and this arrangement has continued for all British Grands Prix held at Silverstone since then (organization of British Grands Prix held at Aintree having meanwhile been similarly delegated to the British Automobile Racing Club).

Were there changes in the venue of the British Grand Prix?

Yes! In fact, just like many other races, there were a lot of things that happened before the British Grand Prix became what it is today.

Brooklands (1926–1927)

In 1907, the initial construction of Brooklands oval near Weybridge in Surrey took place and it was the earliest purpose-built motor racing site, not to mention one of the first air bases in the U.K. On August 7, 1926, the first British Grand Prix (formally called the Grand Prix of the Royal Automobile Club) began at Brooklands where Robert Sénéchal and Louis Wagner won driving a Delage 15 S 8. The second Grand Prix of the RAC was also held at Brooklands, on 1 October 1927, and was again won by a Delage 15 S 8, this time driven by Robert Benoist.

A number of non-championship races identified as the Donington Grand Prix were held at Donington Park that enticed the greatest European teams in 1937 and 1938. During this time, the German Mercedes and Auto Unions ruled the proceedings. Drivers such as German Bernd Rosemeyer and Italian Tazio Nuvolari won this race (both driving mid-engine Auto Union cars), but as the races were organized by the Derby & District Motor Club rather than by (or on behalf of) the Royal Automobile Club, they are not generally accorded the title “British Grand Prix”.

Silverstone (1948–1954)

Brooklands circuit was abandoned after severely damaged by the onset of World War II. Majority of the new British circuits were constructed on uninhabited Royal Air Force airfields. One of the circuits was Silverstone, sited on the Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire border in central England. On October 2, 1948, the Royal Automobile Club International Grand Prix hosted its first race, with Italian Luigi Villoresi as its winner. In 1949, the circuit was heavily modified and made very fast; and it remained in this configuration for decades on.

Silverstone and Aintree (1955–1962)

In 1955, the Formula One circus commenced between Silverstone and the Aintree circuit alternately, found on the Grand National horse racing progression close to Liverpool. The even-numbered years were at Silverstone and the odd numbered and 1962 were at Aintree. Briton Jim Clark won his first of 5 British Grands Prix in the final race at Aintree in 1962. Aintree was then withdrawn in 1964.

Silverstone and Brands Hatch (1963–1986)

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In 1964, the Southern English circuit recognized as Brands Hatch held its first F1 race in the county of Kent, bordering London to the northwest. The track was built in the early 1950s and had been extended in 1960. Like how the races in the previous years commenced, Silverstone hosted the British Grand Prix in odd-numbered years and Brands Hatch in even-numbered years. Similar to Silverstone, the circuit was prevalent with drivers, and nothing like the flat Northamptonshire circuit and Aintree. There are many cambered corners and lots of elevation change in Brands Hatch.

A chicane was added to Woodcote in 1975 to slow cars going through the very high-speed corner; and this was another race of variables as a rainstorm hit the track and a number of drivers including Scheckter and Briton James Hunt hydroplaned off the track at the same corner; Fittipaldi won the race after it was called short. 1976 also saw changes to Brands Hatch including making the fearsome Paddock Hill bend a bit tamer and South Bank corner more of a left-hand apex rather than a long hairpin.

Silverstone became even faster and the cars were lapping the course in the short 1-minute range. Some people were concerned regarding the cars’ speed on the small track; specifically the European Grand Prix conducted at Brands Hatch the year prior. The southern English circuit was getting to be very fast as technology progresses. Cars are now with 1,000+ horsepower performance peak and 1,180 pounds. Pole sitter Piquet’s average qualifying speed was 140.483 mph (227.583 km/h) and his lap time was in the 1 minute 6-second range, compared to the 1 minute 20-second range in 1976. But Brands Hatch’s demise was for political reasons- the international motorsports governing body at the time, FISA, had instituted a policy of long-term contracts for one circuit per Grand Prix. Brands Hatch was perceived as a poorer facility, and considering most of the track was located in a very old forest it did have very little run-off and room to expand, something Silverstone had in acres. In 1986, Silverstone and the BRDC had a seven-year contract agreement with Formula 1 and FISA  effective from 1987 to 1993.

Silverstone’s evolution (1987–present)

In 1987, the Silverstone circuit had modifications. The Woodcote chicane was no longer used and a new left-right chicane was built on the Farm Straight just before Woodcote. Silverstone’s blueprint, like Brands Hatch, was slightly modified since 1949. The circuit was still fast, and it rained speculations and decisions to overhaul the circuit after the 1989 event. It was heavily modified and the project was completed in 1991.

The 1990 Grand Prix was the last motor race on high-speed circuit. It was reconfigured to a slower version and this time,  every corner on the circuit except Copse was in a new setup. It also included an infield section right before the pits. Mansell retired from F1 in 1992. Then in 1993, a new Williams driver Damon Hill lead much of the race until his engine blew up.  Hill’s French teammate Alain Prost had his 50th career Grand Prix win.

A chicane was installed at the flat-out Abbey corner 6 weeks before the event was due to take place and Stowe corner was slowed considerably after the tragedies of Imola in 1994. Further developments to the circuit took place in 1996, where Stowe was somehow reverted to its 1991 design. Double world champion Michael Schumacher crash heavily at Stowe in 1999. Unfortunately this broke his leg and missed many races which put him out of championship contention. There were attempts to bring the British GP back to Brands Hatch for 2002, but this never materialized.

A dispute between Silverstone’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), and the Formula One authorities in 2003 over the funding of necessary improvements to the track’s facilities led to doubts over the future of the race. Unfortunately in October 2004, the British GP was left off the preliminary race schedule for 2005 due to the BRDC refusal to pay the race fee demanded by Bernie Ecclestone. Even so, it was agreed that the Grand Prix be commenced at Silverstone up until 2009 – this was after months of negotiation between the BRDC, Ecclestone and the F1rmula One manufacturers. On December 7, 2009, Silverstone contracted a 17-year memorandum to host the British Grand Prix starting 2010. A new circuit setup was used in the 2010 race, using the brand new “Arena” layout. A fresh pit complex was constructed between Club and Abbey Corners, to where the start/finish line was relocated in 2011. Silverstone continues to be a very fast course- marked with one of the highest average speeds up in the 145 mph range for F1 cars.

On July 11 2017, the BRDC, the owners of Silverstone, initiated a discontinuity clause in their contract that stipulates unless a new contract was take on, 2019 would be the last year the British Grand Prix held at Silverstone. Though, in July 2019 it was confirmed that Silverstone agreed to host the British Grand Prix until 2024.

What does the Silverstone Circuit look like?

Current circuit configuration for the British Grand Prix:

Circuit length:                  5.891 km

Number of laps:              52

Race distance:                 306.198 km

Lap record:                       1:27.369 – Hamilton (2019)

Right after the new pit construction, Silverstone Wing, which was ready in time for the 2011 British Grand Prix, the opening grid for the entire Grand Prix Circuit was transferred to the middle of Club Corner and Abbey Corner. Almost flat out, the right-hander of Abbey leads immediately into the left-hander of Farm before cars brake heavily into the third-gear right-hander Village Corner. The even slower left-hander of the Loop comes immediately after, and leads into the flat-out left-hander of Aintree, before cars head down the DRS zone of the Wellington Straight, designed in 2010 to promote overtaking at the track. Turn 6, the left hander of Brooklands, is taken by drivers while in second gear. This leads immediately  to a right-hand hairpin Luffield, which is another second-gear curve. The right turn curve of Woodcote leads cars down the old pit straight, before reaching the difficult sixth-gear right-hander of Copse, with a minimum speed of 175 mph in the dry for Formula One cars. Then, the challenging complex of Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel – a left–right–left–right–left complex with a minimum speed of 130 mph – leads cars down the 770-metre Hangar Straight with the fifth-gear right-hander of Stowe at the end. Stowe, the fifteenth turn of the track, has a minimum speed of 125 mph and precedes a short straight, called Vale, which leads cars downhill going to the the Club complex. Turn 16 requires heavy braking and steering miscalculations can be an issue for the next right turn of turns 17 and 18, as cars cautiously accelerate round to the start–finish straight.

The fastest ever lap of the current circuit configuration was 1:25.093 recorded in qualifying for the 2019 British Grand Prix by Valtteri Bottas, while the official race lap record is 1:27.369 set by Lewis Hamilton at the same edition of the Grand Prix.

Where is the best place to watch the British Grand Prix?

Knowing where to sit prior to the race is as important as planning where to stay and sleep when you go to the British Grand Prix. Below is the ranked list of the best spot to watch the race inside the Silverstone Circuit.

  1. Club Corner

Club Corner has always been one of the best places to sit on the Silverstone circuit for years. In the current circuit configuration, it is the last corner before the start/finish line. Club was re-profiled for the 2010 race. Instead of constant curve after Vale, leading onto the straight, it became a double apex corner which proved an interesting challenge of the F1 drivers.

The second apex is much tighter than the first. It’s partially blind and has the new pit wall on the inside. Accuracy is required and a clean exit essential to carry as much speed as possible across the start/finish line.

Drivers who get either apex wrong will be exposed to attack from behind as the cars approach the new turn 1: Abbey.

A great advantage of sitting at Club Corner is the amount of time you see the cars for. They first come into view on the exit of Stowe Corner and then the drop down into the Vale. This is also where the new pit entrance is located.

Most Club Corner tickets will offer views looking down the new pit lane which was under construction during the 2010 British Grand Prix.

  • International Pit Straight

The International Pit Straight is an area of the Silverstone circuit that is seeing constant development year after year. This area is absolutely buzzing since the circuit revamp, and tickets always sell out months before the race. The new Pit and Paddock complex has been built between Club Corner and Abbey and signifies the climax of Silverstone’s massive development program to turn the circuit into a world class racing venue.

Grandstands have been installed along the majority of the length of the pit straight, in a place where previously only a few general admission fans may watch the race from.

The grandstands will give a bird’s eye view of the new pit lane over the weekend and of course the frantic race start. The dash into the sweeping first turn of Abbey really will be a leap of faith for the F1 drivers. Will a British driver in the form of Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button take the checkered flag along the International Pit Straight next time? Thousands of home fans will certainly have their fingers crossed all weekend.

  • Becketts / Club Silverstone

Turns 11/12/13 – Incredible direction change!

From the Becketts and Club Silverstone grandstand, you are able to see each F1 car for about 10 seconds as they sweep through Maggots and then into Becketts and then onto the Hanger Straight. The aerodynamics on the Formula 1 cars are working at full capacity as they turn from left to right and then again, left to right in the space of a few seconds at immense speed.

The series of turns at Becketts do not offer much in the way overtaking as the speeds are too high. However, a lot of lap time can be won or lost by the drivers who liken this section to threading the eye of a needle. It’s about precision and definitely about bravery!

One of the most noticeable things about sitting in the Becketts grandstand is how high and far back you are from the track. There is a large run off area consisting of grass and gravel, and on the outside of the track there is a rather large general admission area for fans. Behind that is where the Becketts grandstand is set. This creates some distance from the F1 cars themselves but you are seated quite high up giving you a big field of view for this section of the circuit.

The extra loop added to the Silverstone track is now clearly visible from the Becketts and Club Silverstone grandstand meaning you get even more for your money. Village Corner and The Loop are within view, as it the blast down the Wellington Straight

Club Silverstone vs Becketts Grandstands

These two grandstands are essentially one and offer the same views. A Club Silverstone ticket offers fans a car parking pass (1 per 3 tickets purchased), an event program and other souvenirs, as well as access to a private marquee where you can mingle and purchase food and beverages.

  • Stowe

Stowe corner is one of the fastest on the Silverstone circuit. The drivers arrive at 300 km/h from the Hanger straight, tap the brakes and launch in towards the apex in 4th gear. There are three grandstands to choose on this corner: Stowe A, Stowe B andStowe C.

Because of the size of the run off area at Stowe, the grandstands are set quite far back from the circuit. So the perspective of F1 speed isn’t great but you do get a huge viewing angle allowing you to see a lot of the circuit.

Stowe A and Stowe B ticket holders get to see the cars drive the length of the Hanger straight, negotiate Stowe and then drop down the hill of Vale and onto club.

From Stowe C, you aren’t guaranteed to see down the Hanger straight as it depends how far along the row you are so bear it in mind!

Stowe corner is one of the best over taking opportunities on the whole circuit as the track is wide and the cars can slip stream on the straight. With 24 cars heading into Stowe on the first lap of the race there’s always the chance of thrills and spills.

  • Abbey

Abbey has now earned the title ofturn 1 thanks to the introduction of the new circuit layout and location of the pits and paddock for 2011. Formerly a tight chicane, Abbey is now an immensely fast right hand corner that is approached at 300km/h and leads onto the new circuit loop, first introduced for the 2010 British Grand Prix.

Criticized for the huge bump at the turn in point, the corner split the F1 drivers’ opinions with some believing it to ruin what would be a good corner, and others citing that it only added to the challenge. Watching the cars from the outside, it is very noticeable.

It is likely that the Abbey and International Pit Straight grandstands will look quite different to how they did in the past, but the view will be just as great for the first lap dash into the first corner

Sitting at Abbey for the 2013 race will be a truly unique experience. The distance from the grid to the corner is relatively short. To think of F1 cars arriving here side by side and in a big group wets the appetite and is an extremely tempting prospect. The atmosphere around this area of the circuit will of course be electric.

  • Village

Abbey and Farm curve may make up the first two corners at Silverstone, but it’s Village corner, turn 3, that is the big stop for the drivers and a real test for the F1 cars. Arriving at enormous speed after two flat out corners, the drivers have to pick a braking point whilst coming from the right hand side to the left hand side of the circuit. It’s a tricky corner to get right with the potential to lose lots of time rather high.

The car will drift wide on the exit but you’ll notice the cars launching themselves to the opposite side of the circuit to set themselves up for The Loop corner which leads onto the essential Wellington Straight.

Lap 1 of the British Grand Prix is breathtaking from Village A and B grandstands. You hear the race start a few hundred meters away and hear the roar of 22 F1 cars getting closer and closer – all of them pretty much at full throttle. The wide nature of the Village braking zone allows for the cars to jostle for position and attempt to out-brake each other. The concertina effect means the cars are running nose to tail, and even closer on the exit.

In ’12 Paul di Resta cam unstuck when Romain Grosjean punctured his rear tyre, sending him off the road down the Wellington straight.

From the Village grandstand you are less than a minute from the stage in the centre of the circuit which entertains the British GP crowds all weekend long, peaking with the after race party featuring numerous drivers and celebrities.

  • Luffield

Luffield Corner use to be the last major turn at Silverstone, but with the circuit alterations a couple of years ago, it’s actually become a mid-lap bend. In some ways it’s a frustrating corner for F1 drivers as it is low speed and is all about a clean exit onto the National Pit Straight.

Without traction control, drivers have to play with the throttle and not be too eager otherwise the back of the car will start to slide out. Throughout the practice sessions and even sometimes during the race, you often see drivers running wide out of Luffield and bumping across the turf on the outside of the corner. This compromises their lap times significantly.

The atmosphere around Luffield is quite simply immense. The mix of high grandstands and packed general admission areas below mean the noise and cheering is probably the highest around the entire circuit. Fans line the grandstands and fences with flags for British heroes Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, which makes for a great sight.

Years ago, we’d have said it’s not the best corner for racing action. But the fact you get a great view of the Wellington straight and Brooklands corner, coupled with the brilliant atmosphere means there is real reason to consider Luffield as option for your tickets. For budding F1 photographers, Luffield is a no brainer as it is your best chance to get some great photos due to the low speeds the cars are cornering at.

  • Woodcote

Incredibly similar to Luffield Corner in terms of its location, Woodcote Corner offers a better view of the National Pit Straight and in some seats, even views down to Copse Corner (Woodcote B).

The Woodcote Grandstands were set further back for the 2010 British Grand Prix after a gravel runoff area was installed for safety, but the view was unspoiled for F1 fans.

The corner is flat out and brilliantly demonstrating an F1 car’s aerodynamics working in harmony with the grip of the Pirelli tyres. It’s pretty noisy here with the cars at full throttle all the way down to Copse.

Many seats at Woodcote will offer a brilliant view of the Wellington Straight (Woodcote A) and all the action taking place along there. This is where the DRS zone is placed meaning numerous overtaking moves made into Brooklands corner which is right in front of you. The large TV screens above the old pit lane also aid you in keeping tracking of events around the rest of the Silverstone circuit.

The F1 Village used to be located behind Woodcote, but is now located on the track itself on the now disused Bridge corner.

  • Copse

Copse corner use to be the first turn on the Silverstone circuit, but is now turn 9 after the circuit was updated a couple of years ago and the pit complex was moved. The corner is potentially flat out in Formula 1, depending on fuel loads, the drivers can often just stay in seventh gear and keep the throttle planted to the floor around the sweeping right hander.

Watching from Copse corner is awesome because you get to see how well the down force works on the modern Formula 1 car. They seem absolutely glued to the track as the aerodynamics push the car into the ground. The turn in speed can be over 280 km/h and is mind blowing to watch! You often see drivers running incredibly wide through this turn as they find the absolute limit of grip.

Better vantage point between Copse A, Copse B & Copse C

In our view, Copse A offers the best view, then Copse B, followed by Copse C. From Copse A, you are seated at the down shift/turn in point to the corner itself, so you will be able to appreciate the energy of the Formula 1 car in this high speed turn. You are also closer to the circuit compared to the other two grandstands. Copse B and Copse C are situated further round the corner so although still offering an excellent view of the exit, they miss out slightly on the excitement of the corner entry.

All Copse corner grandstands will also allow you to see down the National pit straight.

Will there be over taking here in the race? Potentially on the first lap, but during the race it is hard to say. With the higher speeds reached through Copse corner, it has made passing even harder but the cars can certainly run quite close together.

  1. National Pit Straight

The National Pit Straight is the half way point of a lap of Silverstone, with the start and end being situated over on the International Pit Straight. Although the atmosphere is still fantastic in the numerous grandstands that line the circuit in this area, the buzz of looking over into an active pit lane has been lost with the circuit modifications made over the last few years.

During the race you will see the cars screaming past you at incredible speeds before they sweep into Copse corner. This means that sitting on the pit straight is very loud as the cars are always at full throttle. Don’t expect to be able to chat to your friends without shouting if sitting here!

Overtaking along the pit straight or into Copse corner isn’t as common as it used to be so don’t expect side by side action on this part of the track. However, if one driver gets a poor exit out of the last corner Luffield, you may see some action.

Giant TV screens are still above the old pits meaning you get to see the action from the rest of the circuit if you haven’t already got a personal FanVision TV unit.

How do I get to the British Grand Prix?

Silverstone is very accessible rural circuit, located approximately 130km (80 miles) North East of London going towards Birmingham. It’s no wonder why many fans camp close to the circuit just to avoid heavy traffic. Apparently, you can easily reach Silverstone for the British Grand Prix by the following ways below.

Closest Airports to Silverstone

If you’ll be flying into UK, there are numerous airports which are not so far from the Circuit and it includes London’s five main airports: Heathrow (LHR), Gatwick (LGW), London City (LCY), Stansted (STN) and Luton (LTN). Luton is the nearest among the aforementioned airports, yet still about 50 miles (80km) away. This airport in particular has a good selection of discount carrier flights from different European neighbors. Birmingham Airport (BHX) is a similar distance from the circuit. Also, Silverstone is only a train journey away from London, and there are loyal instructors going around from the capital to the circuit on Grand Prix weekend, so it’s a highly favorable option to stay in London and squander the city in the evening.

  • Flying From Europe: it’s normally easy to book a flight from Europe to the UK with providential local and discount airlines. Best deals from as low as €100 as return at Check Ryanair & EasyJet.
  • Flying From the USA: It takes about 8-11 hours for most direct flights from the USA to arrive at London Heathrow airport (LHR), though a few fly into Gatwick (LGW). Fees go around $800-1200 USD return.
  • Flying From Australia: It is normally a long 24-hour flight from Australia to the UK with just one stopover. Qantas now transits in Dubai whereas other carriers transfer in large Asian centres such as Singapore or Hong Kong. Flights usually have expensive rates. Ticket prices range around $2000-2500 AUD return.

Other ways to get to the UK

  • By Eurostar: Train services from Paris and Lyon for Western European visitors are also available. It just takes 2.5 hours via the Channel Tunnel direct service from Paris Gare du Nord to Kings Cross St Pancras in central London. Return tickets on Grand Prix weekend cost €89.
  • By Ferry: Placing your car on a ferry at one point and driving to Silverstone is possible. London train stations are also easily accessible with Dove ferries, and Silverstone is within reach in just a few hours of docking. A return ticket for two passengers on the Calais-Dover ferry with a car charges from €160 with P&O Ferries.

Taking the Train to Silverstone

  • It’s best to keep close to Euston Station in London, which can quickly bring you to the closest stations to the circuit – Milton Keynes and Northampton, respectively. These trains cost around  are£15 if booked in advance. Northampton is usually a straight 1 hour trip while Milton Keynes Central can only take around 30 minutes. If you want to get closer to the circuit, trains to Banbury is probably the best option but trains take longer travel time from Euston – about 90 minutes.
  • It’s also a good deal to take Virgin Trains especially if you’re traveling on the actual race day. Booked tickets offer transits that run to Milton Keynes and Banbury inclusive of shuttle bus transfers to the circuit.
  • On British Grand Prix weekends, Stagecoach operates regular buses from the train stations in Northampton and Milton Keynes to Silverstone. Round tickets on the same day cost about £16-20, while 3-day tickets are £32-35. The same goes for Megabus which runs a service from Banbury train station.
  • It doesn’t cost more than £35 GBP for a one-way trip from Silverstone to Banbury, Northampton or Milton Keynes train stations. You can also take taxis from the train station to the circuit. Ride only in licensed vehicles and private cabs as much as possible.

Driving to Silverstone

  • Silverstone Circuit is located between the M1 and the M40 motorways, both of which head out of London and connect with Oxford and Birmingham and Milton Keynes and Northampton. Right of entry to the race track is from the Dadford Road running north starting Buckingham and south from the A43 and Silverstone town. The journey should take 90 minutes if you’re coming from London, 60 minutes from Birmingham, 45 minutes from Oxford and 30 minutes coming from Northampton. And of course, traffic on Grand Prix weekend can add travel duration to your journey significantly.
  • Trackside Parking: Developments have been done such as innovative layouts and restored drainage after heavy rains caused destruction in 2011. Depending on which side of the grandstands you’ll be sitting is how you can also identify the best place for you to park. If you’re on the western side such as Luffield or Abbey, then park at the official trackside parking. And as for those who are on the eastern side, such as Copse or Becketts, the nearest and most accessible is at Whittlebury Park. Come as early as possible especially during weekends to spare yourself from the expected long queues down the curving country paths. Parking tickets charge £65 for 3 days (£15 for Friday / £25 for Saturday / £50 for Sunday) and may be purchased inclusively with your vouchers. Pre-booked parking tickets are mandatory. Penalties may apply and you cannot enter the circuit without them being fully paid. Conversely, motorbike parking is permitted and free of charge.
  • Park and Ride: To avoid traffic congestion especially on the actual race day and save money from the expensive trackside parking, then Park & Ride is highly recommendable. A three-day park and ride tickets charge £25, less than half the price of trackside parking and traffic hassle free! Single-day tickets are £15. Regular free shuttle buses bring the fans back and forth every day.