British Grand Prix

Knowledge Identifier: !British_Grand_Prix


British Grand Prix

Race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship add

Category: Auto racing

Activity starting in 1907.

Countries: United Kingdom (43%), (26%), Europe (9%)

Main connections: Formula One, Stirling Moss, Kent

Linked to: McLaren, Cosworth, Delage, Cooper Car Company




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The concrete Brooklands oval was built in 1907 near Weybridge in Surrey, located just outside of the British capital of London add something


All British Grands Prix dating back to 1926 have been held in England; where the British motor racing industry is primarily located add something


Grand Prix motor racing was first established in Britain by Henry Segrave in 1926 after his winning of the 1923 French Grand Prix and the San Sebastián Grand Prix the following year, which raised interest in the sport add something


Frank Halford - During this period Frank Halford designed and had built the AM Halford Special racing car which he raced at Brooklands in the 1926 RAC British Grand Prix, as well as in many other races in 1925 and 1926


The second British Grand Prix was held at Brooklands in 1927 add something


Albert Divo - In 1927 he finished third in the British Grand Prix at Brooklands


Several non-championship races known as the Donington Grand Prix were held at Donington Park in the 1930s, where the German Mercedes and Auto Unions dominated the precedings; the 1937 race was the most notable; Auto Union driver Bernd Rosemeyer won add something


European Grand Prix - The title was revived by the &FIA (Fédération_Internationale_de_l'Automobile) after World War II, and was first given to the Belgian Grand Prix in 1947, and was distributed across several countries until the 1977 British Grand Prix, the last race to receive the honorific title


Alberto Ascari - He won his first Grand Prix race in Sanremo, Italy in 1948 and took second place in the British Grand Prix the same year


It staged its first race, the Royal Automobile Club International Grand Prix on October 2, 1948, which was won by Italian Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati add something


In 1949, the circuit was heavily modified and made very fast; and it remained in this configuration for decades on add something


Silverstone's layout, like Brands Hatch, had changed little since 1949 add something


In 1950, the Formula One Championship was introduced, and the 1950 British Grand Prix was the first Formula One race ever held, with new regulations and 6 other races in Europe add something


It was designated the European Grand Prix five times between 1950 and 1977, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe add something


The track was built in the early 1950s and had been extended in 1960 add something


Formula One - The British Grand Prix, for example, though held every year since 1950, alternated between Brands Hatch and Silverstone from 1963 to 1986


United Kingdom - The UK hosted the first F1 Grand Prix in 1950 at Silverstone, the current location of the British Grand Prix held each year in July


The 1951 race was particularly exciting, as it was the first F1 race not won by an Alfa Romeo; the gas-guzzling Italian cars were beaten by another Italian car- the more fuel-efficient Ferrari of Argentine José Froilán González in what was the famed Scuderia's first ever Formula One victory add something


For the 1952 event, the original pits between Abbey and Woodcote was abandoned and demolished add something


A new pit complex was constructed between Woodcote and Copse corners; Alberto Ascari dominated this and the next year's race; González won again in 1954 in a Ferrari add something


In 1955, the Formula One circus began to alternate Silverstone and the Aintree circuit, located on the Grand National horse racing course near Liverpool add something


Stirling Moss - Moss's first Formula One win was in 1955 at his home race, the British Grand Prix at Aintree


Tony Brooks and Stirling Moss won together at Aintree in 1957, and Jim Clark won at Aintree in 1962 and Brands Hatch in 1964, and Mansell won at Brands in 1986 add something


Herbert Johnson (hatters) - Sir Stirling Moss wore a white version of the Herbert Johnson racing helmet when he won the British Grand Prix at Aintree on 20 July 1957


Herbert Johnson (hatters) - Sir Stirling Moss wore a white version of the Herbert Johnson racing helmet when he won the British Grand Prix at Aintree on 20 July 1957


Vanwall - Brooks made one appearance in a lower and lighter Vanwall at 1959 British Grand Prix, proving less successful against the new mid-engined Coopers, and the team tried again with another car in the 1960 French Grand Prix


The even-numbered years were at Silverstone and the odd numbered and 1962 were at Aintree add something


The last race at Aintree was in 1962, when Briton Jim Clark won his first of 5 British Grand Prix's; Aintree was later decommissioned in 1964 add something


Like the year before at Silverstone, Clark won the 1964 race, and the next year's race add something


Kent - In motorsport, the Brands Hatch circuit near Swanley has played host to a number of national and international racing events, and hosted 12 runnings of the British Grand Prix in various years between 1964 and 1986


Kent - In motorsport, the Brands Hatch circuit near Swanley has played host to a number of national and international racing events, and hosted 12 runnings of the British Grand Prix in various years between 1964 and 1986


Rindt won the 1970 event at the expense of Brabham running out of fuel at the end of the race, and 1971 saw Stewart win again in a Tyrrell add something


Ford Fiesta - During its peak in the 1980s and 1990s, it had manufacturer support and it even was a support race to the British Grand Prix and numerous British Touring Car Championship rounds


Lauda won again at Brands Hatch in 1984, during which FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre announced that the Tyrrell team was to be excluded from that year's championship for fuel irregularities, and the restarted race after a huge accident at Bottom Bend caused more controversy; Prost and Lauda had passed Brazilian Nelson Piquet on the last lap of the first race, but Piquet started in front of the two McLaren drivers; regulations dictated that the positions were on the grid were to be determined 2 laps before the restart was called; and an irate Prost made scathing comm add something


European Grand Prix - Brands Hatch was unable to host the European Grand Prix in 1984, as it was hosting the British Grand Prix in even numbered years so the European GP went to a redesigned and shorter Nürburgring circuit in 1984


Silverstone and the BRDC had signed a seven year contract with Formula 1 and FISA at some point in 1986, to run from 1987 to 1993 add something


The 1990 Grand Prix was the last motor race on the high-speed circuit; and Mansell drove hard and led a lot of the race; but gearbox problems eventually forced him to retire, where he threw his gloves into the crowd and announced that he was going to retire, a decision that he would later take back; and he effectively dominated the next two events, driving for Williams add something


After 1992, Mansell had retired from F1, and 1993 saw new Williams driver Damon Hill lead much of the race until his engine blew up, and Hill's French teammate Alain Prost took his 50th career Grand Prix win add something


European Grand Prix - The race was the brainchild of Tom Wheatcroft, who had been trying to bring F1 to the track since an abortive attempt to host the British Grand Prix in 1988


After the tragedies of Imola in 1994, a chicane was installed at the flat-out Abbey corner 6 weeks before the event was due to take place and Stowe corner was slowed considerably add something


Darren Manning - Budget constraints meant that he only raced a limited F3 schedule in 1998, but he did achieve two wins including at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix support race


Ford Cougar - In the United Kingdom, Ford unveiled the car at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1998


Mercury Cougar - Launched in the UK at the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit in 1998, this Cougar became Mercury's first sport compact since the 1983 Mercury LN7


There were attempts to bring the British GP back to Brands Hatch for 2002, but this never materialized add something


A dispute between Silverstone's owners, the British Racing Drivers' Club , and the Formula One authorities in 2003 over the funding of necessary improvements to the track's facilities led to doubts over the future of the race add something


Patrick Stewart - Stewart is something of a petrol-head; he is regularly seen at Silverstone during British Grand Prix weekends, and on a 2003 appearance on "Top Gear" set a lap time of 1min 50secs on the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" feature


Ray Bellm - He has served as chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club from 2004 to 2005, and was responsible for negotiations with Formula One Management which resulted in the successful resigning of the British Grand Prix in 2005


In October 2004 the British Grand Prix was left off the preliminary race schedule for 2005 because the BRDC refused to pay the race fee demanded by Bernie Ecclestone add something


Bernie Ecclestone - Ecclestone came under fire in October 2004 when he and British Racing Drivers' Club president Jackie Stewart were unable to come to terms regarding the future British Grand Prix, causing the race to be dropped from the 2005 provisional season calendar


Gemma Atkinson - Atkinson has undertaken a wide range of promotional work; she was the female face of the 2007 British Grand Prix and worked for the Orange promotion "On Yer Bike London" prior to the Tour De France


Bernie Ecclestone - After the loss of Silverstone as the venue for the British Grand Prix in 2008, Ecclestone came under fire from several high-profile names for his handling of Formula One's revenues


However, after months of negotiation between the BRDC, Ecclestone and the Formula One constructors, a deal was made for the Grand Prix to be held at Silverstone until 2009 add something


Santander UK - The bank is title sponsor of the British Grand Prix, and announced a second team sponsorship deal, with Scuderia Ferrari, in 2009


On 7 December 2009, Silverstone signed a 17 year contract to host the British Grand Prix from 2010 onwards add something


The 2010 race saw a new circuit configuration being used, using the brand new "Arena" layout add something


Nigel Mansell - Mansell took this role at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 British Grand Prix


Stirling Moss - Moss has now recovered from his injuries and made an appearance at the 2010 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, presenting Lewis Hamilton with his second place trophy on the podium and appearing in a pre-race interview with the BBC pundits


Vodafone UK - Since 2010, Vodafone UK have operated a 'VIP' reward scheme as part of a partnership with Live Nation, in which customers can access tickets 48 hours before release for major UK events including T in the Park, Isle of Wight Festival, Reading & Leeds festival, London Fashion Week and the British Grand Prix


For 2011 a new pit complex was built between Club and Abbey Corners, to where the start/finish line was moved add something


It is perhaps the best-attended Grand Prix of the year; although this can be attributed to the fact that homeland hero Lewis Hamilton has been consistently successful there, winning three times in a row, from 2014 to 2016 add something


Yohan Blake - Blake attended the 2014 Formula One British Grand Prix


The 2017 event was the sixty-eighth time that the race has been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in , and the fifty-first time that a World Championship round had been held at Silverstone add something


On 11 July 2017, the BRDC, the owners of Silverstone, activated a break clause in their contract meaning unless a new contract is signed, 2019 will be the final year the British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone add something


The 2018 event was the 69th time that the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in , and the 52nd time that a World Championship round had been held at Silverstone add something


However in July 2019 a few days before the 2019 edition it was confirmed that Silverstone was contracted to host the British Grand Prix till at least add something