British Grand Prix History

  • Silverstone confirmed to 2034
  • 1940s – 1960s
  • 1970s – 1980s
  • 1990s – 2000s
  • 2010s – 2020s
  • Official British Grand Prix Hospitality

One of the highest attended events on the F1 Calendar, the British Grand Prix has secured its home at Silverstone until 2034, that will mark the ninth decade that the beloved race track has hosted elite drivers and their high octane vehicles since its inaugural race in 1950.

Last year in 2023 saw a record crowd of over 450,000 across the weekend and is sure to be more in 2024 with another highly anticipated race weekend on the horizon and music from the likes of Stormzy, Kings Of Leon and Pete Tong, this is definitely not to be missed. 

Witness all the action on the 3.6 mile, 18 corner track at the Silverstone Circuit with official British Grand Prix hospitality for an unforgettable experience this summer 2024.  

1940s - 1960s

In the late 1940s, Maserati drivers Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari, despite starting from the back of the grid, secured 1st and 2nd positions in the first-ever race at Silverstone. A year after this initial event, the Silverstone circuit was placed around perimeter roads with a chicane at the Club section of the track. In the subsequent race, Baron De Graffenried won in the same Maserati car (Maserati 4CLT/48), previously driven by Luigi Villoresi and Alberto Ascari.

In May 1950, the first Formula One Grand Prix Championship was held at Silverstone and won by Giuseppe Farina with the presence of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in attendance. The successive year, Ferrari saw the first win with driver Frolian Gonzalez.  Five years later, saw Juan Manuel Fangio secure his only British Grand Prix win with his Lancia-Ferrari D50 high octane vehicle. 

Jack Brabham secured the win in 1960, although Graham Hill briefly took the lead by the 55th lap with 22 remaining, an error at Copse Corner opened the door for defeat. In 1963, 1965, and 1967, renowned racer Jim Clark demonstrated his prowess, clinching victory with his Lotus-Ford 49. To conclude the era, Jackie Stewart and his Matra Ford MS 80 vehicle managed to cross the finish line before the likes of Jochen Rindt. 

Winners:

  • 1948 – Luigi Villoresi
  • 1949 – Baron De Graffenried 
  • 1950 – Giuseppe Farina 
  • 1951 – Frolian Gonzalez 
  • 1952 – Alberto Ascari
  • 1953 – Alberto Ascari
  • 1954 – Frolian Gonzalez 
  • 1956 – Juan Manuel Fangio
  • 1958 – Peter Collins
  • 1960 – Jack Brabham
  • 1963 – Jim Clark
  • 1965 – Jim Clark
  • 1967 – Jim Clark
  • 1969 – Jackie Stewart

1970s - 1980s

Returning to take the victory is Jackie Stewart who went on to win the world championship with the Tyrrel Ford 003. Two years later saw one of the biggest accidents to happen triggered by driver Jody Scheckter and with a restart saw Peter Revson secure the win in 1973.  Towards the end of the era saw victory for James Hunt and Clay Regazzioni due to mechanical problems from their close competitors. 

The 1980s marked the beginning of the turbo era in Formula 1, during which Alain Prost achieved a remarkable feat with three victories at the British Grand Prix. Prost set a new race lap record of 140mph, showcasing his exceptional skill on the track. His victory in 1985 was particularly notable, as new race regulations led to many competitors running out of fuel before the end of the race. Despite this challenge, Prost managed to navigate the race successfully and emerged victorious.

  • 1971 – Jackie Stewart 
  • 1973 – Pete Revson 
  • 1975 – Emerson Fittipaldi 
  • 1977 – James Hunt
  • 1979 – Clay Regazzoni 
  • 1981 – John Watson 
  • 1983 – Alain Prost
  • 1985 – Alain Prost
  • 1987 – Nigel Mansell 
  • 1988 – Ayrton Senna 
  • 1989 – Alain Prost

1990s - 2000s

The beginning of the 1990s witnessed driver Alain Prost securing his fifth British Grand Prix win and his 50th victory overall. It was also the debut of Damon Hill at Silverstone Circuit, where he finished 16th. However, Hill would later go on to win the British Grand Prix in 1994, a victory notable for having HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, present him with his trophy. Towards the end of the decade, in 1997, Jacques Villeneuve claimed his second consecutive grand prix win, marking the 100th victory for Williams at the same venue where they had achieved their inaugural victory.

In the early stages of the 2000s, David Coulthard had added another victory under his belt, while Michael Schumacher had secured his 80th Grand Prix victory, further solidifying his status as one of the most dominant and successful Formula One drivers in history.

  • 1990 – Alain Prost 
  • 1991 –  Nigel Mansell
  • 1992 – Nigel Mansell
  • 1993 – Alain Prost
  • 1994 – Damon Hill 
  • 1995 – Johnny Herbert 
  • 1996 – Jacques Villeneuve
  • 1997 – Jacques Villeneuve
  • 1998 – Michael Schumacher
  • 1999 – David Coulthard 
  • 2000 – David Coulthard
  • 2001 – Mika Hakkinen 
  • 2002 – Michael Schumacher
  • 2003 – Rubens Barrichello 
  • 2004 – Michael Schumacher
  • 2005 – Juan Pablo Montoya 
  • 2006 – Fernando Alonso 
  • 2007 – Kimi Raikkonen
  • 2008 – Lewis Hamilton
  • 2009 – Sebastian Vettel

2010s - 2020s

In 2010, the Formula 1 season marked a significant milestone with the eighth different winner in eight years, as Mark Webber triumphed over formidable competitors Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to claim the top podium spot. As the decade progressed, the latter years of the 2010s witnessed Sebastian Vettel asserting his dominance on the circuit, securing his fifth career victory and second British Grand Prix win. Despite Vettel’s prowess, it was Lewis Hamilton who emerged as the enduring force at Silverstone, clinching victory six times during this era. Hamilton’s consistent success not only solidified his legendary status but also fortified his championship aspirations, widening his lead to an impressive 39 points over his rivals.

In 2020, the British Grand Prix celebrated its 70th anniversary, highlighted by Max Verstappen’s breakthrough victory, ending Mercedes’ winning streak with his RB16 Formula One Car. However, Mercedes quickly reclaimed their dominance as Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh win at the beloved Silverstone Circuit, further cementing his legacy in the records of motorsport history.

  • 2010 – Mark Webber 
  • 2011 –  Fernando Alonso
  • 2012 – Mark Webber
  • 2013 – Nico Rosberg
  • 2014 – Lewis Hamilton 
  • 2015 – Lewis Hamilton
  • 2016 – Lewis Hamilton
  • 2017 – Lewis Hamilton
  • 2018 – Sebastian Vettel
  • 2019 – Lewis Hamilton
  • 2020 – Max Verstappen
  • 2020 – Lewis Hamilton

Official British Grand Prix Hospitality

As the Birtish Grand Prix approaches you do not want to miss out on the cutting edge offered at the stunning Silverstone Circuit that promises nothing but the ultimate race weekend.

Recently added as a new hospitality offering,  the Heritage Club offers a top-notch experience for fans. Located at the historic Woodcote Corner of Silverstone Circuit, right by the old start/finish straight, it’s a prime spot to catch all the action. This VIP area serves up great food and drinks, giving guests a taste of the best of British hospitality. Plus, you get amazing close-up views of the modern F1® cars zooming through Woodcote at incredible speeds, making it an unforgettable experience for any racing enthusiast.

To find out more about the securing Heritage Club hospitality or any other of British Grand Prix hospitality packages we have to offer, get in touch with Hospitality Centre.

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