|Grand Prix Date:||18th July 2021 15:03|
|Circuit Name:||Silverstone Circuit|
|Number of Laps:||52|
|Lap Record:||1:27.097 Max Verstappen (2020)|
When was the track built? Little did those laying the perimeter road to the RAF Silverstone airfield in 1942 know that they were setting down what would become one of the world's greatest race tracks. But, well, they were! The Silverstone circuit was first used for a proper motor race in 1947 ? although sadly, a local sheep lost its life during the proceedings? When was its first Grand Prix? Silverstone was the first Grand Prix, hosting the inaugural Formula 1 World Championship round on May 13 1950. Old campaigner Giuseppe Farina, who'd take that year's title, won the race in his Alfa Romeo 158. What's the circuit like? At the 2018 British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton compared a flat-out lap around Silverstone to flying a fighter jet, which should tell you all you need to know about the Northamptonshire circuit. Despite numerous layout changes over the years, Silverstone has always maintained its essential character as one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar, while historic corners like Maggotts, Becketts and Abbey provide some of the biggest challenges for racing drivers anywhere in the world.