Silverstone circuit is a race track in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England. Currently, the track is home to the British Grand Prix since 1948.
The circuit was built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station. Back in September 1947, a group of friends used the abandoned airfield more an informal motor sport race. It consisted of 11 drivers over a 2 mile circuit. This would pave the way for the Royal Automobile Club, who a year later took a lease on the airfield to make a more formal race track. The first track was performed on the actual runways from the air force base.
In 1950, the first ever British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone. It marked a significant milestone as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended the event. This was the first and only time a reigning monarch has been present at a motor race in Britain.
Based on the present Grand Prix configuration, Fernando Alonso’s 1:30.871 lap time in 2010 British Grand Prix is the record.
Major race events include:
- FIA Formula One
- FIM MotoGP
- FIA World Endurance Championship
- FIM Superbike World Championship
- European Le Mans Series
- FIA International Formula 3000