The 2023 British Grand Prix in numbers10 July 2023
As the dust begins to settle on a truly spectacular weekend at Silverstone, it seemed pertinent to reflect on some of the key facts and figures that made the 2023 edition of the British Grand Prix, the best yet.
Recording-breaking attendanceThe 2022 running of the event not only delivered a nail-biting race with plenty of memorable moments, but it also welcomed the biggest crowd the British Grand Prix had ever seen at 400,000 spectators across the weekend. Attendance for the 2023 British Grand Prix eclipsed that of 2022 by some margin, a whopping 480,000 Formula 1 fans flooded through the circuit’s gates across the weekend, smashing the previous British Grand Prix attendance record.
Hamilton synonymous with Silverstone success It won’t come as a surprise that the winningest Formula 1 driver in history, seven-time World Champion Sir Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the most podiums at a single circuit – 14 at Silverstone to Schumacher’s 12 at Imola, Barcelona and Montreal. Although Schumacher’s combined total of podiums at Hockenheim and the Nürburgring totals 15, Hamilton’s run of 14 podiums from 17 seasons and a total of 18 visits – including the 70th Anniversary race in 2020 – sees him reach unprecedented levels of success at a single circuit for a home driver.
A bumper schedule of on-track actionA total of four categories competed across the British Grand Prix weekend. Of course, this line-up was spearheaded by Formula 1 itself, complemented by its single-seater feeder series Formula 2 and Formula 3, as well as the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. The combined on-track activity of all four championships meant a total of 16 sessions for fans to enjoy.
Industry insight Across the site’s three stages – the Driver’s Inn Stage, the Fanzone Stage and the Chrome Main Stage – there were upwards of 24 individual expert panels, driver interviews and guest appearances over the course of the weekend, providing insight from unique corners of the motorsport industry, as well as live podcast episodes from The Fast And The Curious, P1 with Matty & Tommy, Dirty Air F1 and Formula for Success.
A double British podium on home soilWhat made the 2023 race at Silverstone all the more special was the success of the British Formula 1 drivers, namely, Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton. After a stellar performance for Norris in Saturday’s qualifying session, he managed to snatch the race lead from Max Verstappen on the opening lap. Although it wasn’t a Brit who stop atop the rostrum at the end of 52 laps, Norris was joined by Hamilton in the second and third spots respectively. This marked the first double British podium since the 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – when Norris and Hamilton’s positions were inverted – and the first one at Silverstone since David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine finished one-two in 1999.
Bon appétitA record-breaking crowd meant a lot of food and drink options were required on-site. A massive 270 food and drink outlets were accessible throughout the weekend. That wasn’t all either, variation was also taken into consideration and more than 90 different varieties of cuisine were available at various locations around the circuit.
Turn it up to 11The 2023 British Grand Prix wasn’t all about motorsport either. From Thursday through to Sunday, a total of 18 musical acts performed on either the Driver’s Inn Stage or the Chrome Main Stage, punctuated by the headline acts of Calvin Harris at Thursday’s launch party, Jax Jones on Friday, Black Eyed Peas on Saturday and Tom Grennan after Sunday’s race.
Red Bull’s extraordinary run continuesAs exciting as the 2023 British Grand Prix was for local fans, it also saw Red Bull Racing match a record some thought might never be equalled. The McLaren MP4/4 of the 1988 season is arguably the most iconic Formula 1 car of all time, and, in a 16-race season, only failed to win on one occasion as well as winning the opening 11 races in succession. Red Bull have now finally matched that tally, taking the final victory of the 2022 season in Abu Dhabi and the first ten races of the 2023 championship.