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(28 - 30 June)

Silverstone’s British Grand Prix facts

•The circuit hosted its first RAC International Grand Prix in 1948, and was the venue for the first ever round of the Formula One World Championship in 1950
•Silverstone has been the only circuit to stage the FORMULA 1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX since 1986
•The 2013 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX will be the 47th British Grand Prix, as part of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, to be held at Silverstone
•This year’s event will run out of the new Silverstone Wing - the circuit’s state-of-the-art Pit, Paddock and Conference complex, opened on 17 May 2011
•297,000 attended the British Grand Prix in 2012 - 80,000 attended on the Friday, 90,000 on the Saturday and 127,000 on the Sunday

British Grand Prix - general facts
  • • The F1 drivers will complete 52 laps of Silverstone’s 3.66 miles (5.891 km) Grand Prix Circuit, completing a total of 190.32 miles (306.198 km) during the race on Sunday
  • •The lap record of 1:30.874 was set by Fernando Alonso in 2010 on the new Grand Prix Circuit with an average speed of 145.01 mph (233.373 kph)
  • •Over 28,000 fans are expected to camp at this year’s event, with 12,000 – 14,000 in the official Silverstone Woodlands campsite
  • •A highly sophisticated Traffic Management system is implemented for the British Grand Prix, converting the A43 dual carriageway into a six lane one-way system. In terms of access, Silverstone is now one of the easiest circuits in the world to get in and out of
  • •The amount of TV cable laid out around Silverstone for the British Grand Prix would stretch from Dover to Calais and back
  • •There will be 24 giant screens at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, keeping fans up-to-date with all the action
  • •The medical set-up at Silverstone is one of the best at any circuit in the world. Over the Grand Prix weekend, Philips Healthcare will be providing £500,000 worth of medical equipment and training medics to use the very latest life-saving systems
  • •The Total Medical Team exceeds 110 on each day of the British Grand Prix; including 36 doctors, 24 paramedics, eight nurses, a radiographer and an ultrasonographer
  • •Silverstone's own Chief Medical Officer is the new FIA Medical Rescue Coordinator
  • •First Aid points around the circuit are supplemented by three crowd paramedic response cars
  • •A heli-med facility is available on site throughout the whole weekend

British Grand Prix - catering stats
  • • 50,000 hot drinks will be purchased from the fast food stalls on Sunday and 10,000 litres of tomato sauce will be use
  • •If all of the sausages eaten over the Grand Prix weekend were to be lined up, they would measure 1.08 miles, the equivalent of a lap around Silverstone's Stowe circuit
  • •The amount of chef days worked during the build-up and over the weekend of the British Grand Prix totals 648 days
  • •6,000 bottles of Champagne, 10,000 bottles of wine and 20,000 bottles of mineral water were consumed at the 2012 British Grand Prix
  • •Catering logistics drivers covered over 2,500 miles in their efforts to transport the catering team across the site over the weekend last year
  • •15,000 meals were served in the hospitality areas within the Silverstone site
  • •The amount of soft drinks sold across the three days of F1 in 2012 equate to the cubic volume of an Olympic swimming pool (2,500,000 litres)
  • •There are 1,200 ‘food to go’ staff fuelling the F1 fans at the British Grand Prix
  • •The furniture in the food courts would be enough to fill 75 wedding marquees

The Silverstone Grand Prix Party
  • • In 2012, more than 22,000 fans stayed behind after the last race on Sunday to attend the Grand Prix Party, which has become synonymous with the British Grand Prix as the ultimate post-race party for F1 fans
  • •In 2013, the post-race Grand Prix Party on Sunday 30 June will once again feature live music and appearances from current and former F1 drivers. The party will take place on a purpose-built stage in the Luffield Entertainment Zone

  • A history of Silverstone British Grand Prix winners
    • • Since 1950 the British Grand Prix at Silverstone has been won 16 times by a British driver
    • •British drivers who have won at Silverstone are: Peter Collins (1958), Jim Clark OBE (1963, 1965, 1967), Sir Jackie Stewart OBE (1969, 1971), James Hunt (1977), John Watson (1981), Nigel Mansell OBE (1987, 1991, 1992), Damon Hill OBE (1994), Johnny Herbert (1995), David Coulthard (1999, 2000) and Lewis Hamilton MBE (2008)
    • •In 1965 three Brits were on the Silverstone podium: Jim Clark won, Graham Hill was second and John Surtees finished in third
    • •Luigi Villoresi won the first Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1948, two years before the Formula 1 World Championship began in the presence of HM King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

    • British Grand Prix winners at Silverstone (post-1994)
      • 1994 - Damon Hill, Williams-Renault
      • 1995 - Johnny Herbert, Benetton-Renault
      • 1996 - Jacques Villeneuve, Williams-Renault
      • 1997 - Jacques Villeneuve, Williams-Renault
      • 1998 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
      • 1999 - David Coulthard, McLaren-Mercedes
      • 2000 - David Coulthard, McLaren-Mercedes
      • 2001 - Mika Häkkinen, McLaren-Mercedes
      • 2002 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
      • 2003 - Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari
      • 2004 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
      • 2005 - Juan Pablo Montoya, McLaren-Mercedes
      • 2006 - Fernando Alonso, Renault
      • 2007 - Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
      • 2008 - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes
      • 2009 - Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault
      • 2010 - Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault
      • 2011 - Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
      • 2012 - Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault

      Celebrity attendance at the 2012 British Grand Prix
      • Jacques Rogge (IOC President)
      • Kate Hudson
      • Jude Law
      • Hugh Grant
      • Simon Pegg
      • Rowan Atkinson
      • Alastair Cook (England cricketer)
      • Stuart Broad (England cricketer)
      • Graeme Swann (England cricketer)
      • Jimmy Anderson (England cricketer)
      • Eoin Morgan (England cricketer)
      • Jamie & Louise Redknapp
      • Alan Curbishley (ex-footballer)
      • James Blunt
      • JB from JLS
      • Matt Bellamy (Muse)
      • Dominic Howard (Muse)
      • Goldie
      • Leo Sayer
      • Chris Moyles
      • Gordon Ramsey
      • Melanie Sykes
      • Frankie Dettori

      The Silverstone Wing – facts and stats
      • • His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, KG, who is also President-in-Chief of the BRDC, formally opened the building that represents the second stage of a multi-million pound investment in Silverstone Circuit and its facilities
      • •Over 800 guests attended the official opening, including:
      • -Five of the six living British Formula 1 World Champions - John Surtees, Sir Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button
      • -Other Formula One luminaries included Sir Stirling Moss, Sir Frank Williams, Christian Horner, Ross Brawn, David Coulthard, Mark Webber, Murray Walker, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, John Watson and Derek Warwick
      • -The launch was supported by a host of riders, representing the worlds of MotoGP and World Superbikes, including Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Ron Haslam, Jonathan Rea and James Toseland
      • •The Silverstone Wing provides a world-class facility for teams, officials and spectators alike, including 41 garages, a race control building, a podium, media centre, hospitality and VIP spectator zones
      • •The Silverstone Wing won “Large Event Space of the Year” at the 2012 Event Awards and has attracted over 120 new clients in 2012 alone across the event, conference and exhibition industry

      Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit layout (introduced in 2010)
      • • Silverstone’s Grand Prix Circuit is 3.66 miles (5.89km) in length
      • •The circuit is 750m longer than the old Grand Prix Circuit (previous length 3.194 miles / 5.14km), adding approximately 4 seconds to an F1 lap time
      • •Silverstone invested more than £5 million in the new circuit
      • •Away from the track, a number of improvements have been made to spectator viewing areas. In addition to constructing elevated viewing banks, existing grandstands and fence lines have been re-aligned to improve site lines and to bring fans closer to the action
      • •Number of turns: 18 (10 right, 8 left)
      • •Width of circuit: 14.5 to 17 metres
      • •Longest straight: Hangar Straight - 770 metres
      • •The new circuit was inaugurated at the official launch in April 2010 by 1996 Formula 1 World Champion and former BRDC President Damon Hill, and two-time British Grand Prix winner David Coulthard
      • •Maggotts Corner is still the fastest turn on the Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone, with F1 cars taking this bend at speeds of approximately 188mph, while being subjected to a lateral G-force of -4.5
      • •Corners on the Grand Prix Circuit include:
      • Abbey Corner: Now turn one on the circuit. The original Abbey was called Abbey Curve but the latest iteration is too acute to be called a curve and so it has been named ‘Abbey Corner’
      • Farm Curve: This is the long left after Abbey Corner which passes close to the Farm and campsite
      • Village Corner: Right hander after ‘Farm Curve’. This has been named ‘Village Corner’ after Silverstone Village
      • The Loop: The long left hand corner referred to as ‘The Loop’
      • Aintree Corner: The next, more gradual, left hander is called Aintree after the circuit where the British Grand Prix took place in 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 and 1962. This is consistent with the existing Brooklands Corner named after the circuit where the British Grand Prix took place in 1926 and 1927
      • Wellington Straight: The straight to Brooklands, formerly known as the National Straight. This has been renamed ‘Wellington Straight’ after the aircraft based at Silverstone during WW2. The straight is one of the old runways
      • Wellington Straight: The straight to Brooklands, formerly known as the National Straight. This has been renamed ‘Wellington Straight’ after the aircraft based at Silverstone during WW2. The straight is one of the old runways

      Improvements to Silverstone Circuit and surrounding areas
      • • Since the 2012 British Grand Prix, Silverstone has invested heavily in its infrastructure to improve car parking and on-site camping facilities for fans in the event of inclement weather. This includes:
      • -Additional drainage excavated over an area covering 140 acres across 11 grassed car parks
      • -2,000m of spine drains, with perforated carrier pipe, laid to aid the discharge of surface water in car parks
      • -Re-shaping of 3,000m of ditches to increase flow rates
      • -More than 3.7km of mesh grass protector laid across five acres of the Silverstone Woodlands campsite to make it more robust
      • -Over 5km of new drainage pipes laid in the Silverstone Woodlands campsite

      Benefits of Silverstone to Northamptonshire
      • • Silverstone is in operation 361 days a year, hosting over 40 race meetings/events, attracting over 750,000 visitors to Northamptonshire & generating over £80 million into the local economy (not including the FIA F1 spend)
      • •Silverstone is the catalyst for the entire High Performance Engineering & Motorsport cluster in Northamptonshire, which includes more than 200 major motor sport companies, employing over 6000 people, with an annual turnover of £0.6 billion
      • •The Silverstone Technology Park is home to over 40 industry related organisations
      • •The Silverstone Innovation Centre provides high quality start-up facilities & virtual office space for over 30 businesses
      • •The Silverstone Study Centre provides facilities for local school children (aged 9 – 14 years). The Centre has received recognition of its achievements through the Bronze level in the Active Involvement Charter Mark Award, which rivals similar sites at Manchester United and Arsenal Football Clubs
      • •In 2011 Silverstone was announced as a location for The Department for Education’s flagship University Technical Colleges (UTC) which will provide high quality skills training to 14 -19 year olds in high performance engineering and event management, alongside core curriculum study. Silverstone’s UTC is on schedule to welcome students in September 2013 and began accepting applications from autumn of last year

      Benefits of the British Grand Prix to the local community
    • •Total expenditure of £54 million directly attributable to the hosting of the FIA Formula One British Grand Prix – of which around £51 million (94%) was spent within a 60 mile radius of the Silverstone circuit and £44.4 million (82%) was spent in the county of Northamptonshire
    • •Employment of 1,358 FTE jobs, of which 497 were within the 60 mile radius and 319 in the county of Northamptonshire
    • •Income (wages, salaries, profits and rents) of £20.4 million was generated into the UK economy, of which £7 million was within a 60 mile radius and £4.5 million was directly spent within the county of Northamptonshire
    • •In excess of 9,000 hotel bed nights generated for Northamptonshire as a result of the race being held at Silverstone – no figures are available for the rented residences’ occupancies

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