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A GLORIOUS HERITAGE

60 YEARS OF HISTORY

HISTORY

  • OVERVIEW

    Overview

    Silverstone Circuit has come a long way since it was turned from a wartime airfield into a motor racing circuit. It is now one of the world's most famous motorsport venues.

  • THE 1950S

    The 1950s

    In 1950 the World Drivers' Championship was created and the very first World Championship event was held at Silverstone on May 13. It was won by an Alfa Romeo driven by Guiseppe Farina.

  • THE 1960S

    The 1960s

    Apart from regular maintenance, the face of Silverstone changed little during the Sixties. The circuit was the stage for some remarkable track performances by the likes of Hill, Brabham, Clark and Stewart.

  • THE 1970S

    The 1970s

    Jackie Stewart won his second British Grand Prix here, on his way to the second of his three world titles. New pit garages were built and the world of F1 witnessed the arrival of a bright young thing named Hunt.

  • THE 1980S

    The 1980s

    John Watson won an emotional race in '82, but the decade will be remembered for Nigel Mansell victory in perhaps the best British Grand Prix of them all. Piquet had to concede into Stowe, the rest is history

  • THE 1990S

    The 1990s

    The famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit underwent major revisions for the 1991 British Grand Prix and then again in 1994 after tragic events elsewhere. It still remained one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar.

  • THE 2000S

    The 2000s

    David Coulthard ushered in the new century after that Easter mud-bath and a new road infrastructure transformed the access to the circuit in 2003. A certain chap called Hamilton then showed up to delight the locals.

  • BRITISH GRAND PRIX WINNERS

    British Grand Prix Winners

    A profile of every British Grand Prix winner from Giuseppe Farina to Sebastian Vettel. All of these drivers have stood astride the top step of the podium; all of them are legends. Click here to discover more.

  • BRITISH MOTOGP WINNERS

    British MotoGP Winners

    A profile of every British MotoGP winner. All of these riders have stood astride the top step of the podium; all of them are legends. Click here to discover more.