The F1 roadshow rocked at Silverstone with renewed expectation for a mouthwatering British Grand Prix.
That run of 10 mind-numbing Mercedes victories was finally broken in Austria as Max Verstappen pipped Charles Leclerc in highly controversial circumstances to take a second consecutive victory at the Red Bull Ring.
The sight of two young guns going wheel to wheel in the closing stages in front of more than 200,000 fans (half of whom were rabid Verstappen worshippers bedecked in brilliant orange) was a tantalising glimpse into what should be the future of the sport.
Will Ferrari and Red Bull be able to again produce that pace at Silverstone, or will Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes be back on top at a circuit they traditionally love? Toto Wolff described their package in Austria as “unraceable” – surely that won’t happen again…
Here is all you need to know ahead of a fascinating weekend of action in Northamptonshire.
When is the 2019 British Grand Prix?
The start times for the British Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday July 12, 1000 local time (BST)
Practice 2: Friday July 12, 1400 local time (BST)
Practice 3: Saturday July 13, 1100 local time (BST)
Qualifying: Saturday July 13, 1400 local time (BST)
Race: Sunday July 14, 1410 local time (BST)
Where does the British Grand Prix take place?
Silverstone hosted the first-ever round of the World Championship in 1950 and is one of only two circuits to host a Championship race every year ever since then.
The iconic venue has undergone many makeovers over the years, but always remaining at its heart is a track that drivers just simply love to race on.
Silverstone boasts one of the fastest tracks in the world and you will struggle to find a more thrilling corner combination in racing than the Maggots-Becketts-Chapel complex. This circuit is one of Formula 1’s most valuable treasures.
But Silverstone’s future as host of the British Grand Prix has been in doubt for a number of years now.
2019 represents a crucial marker as this is the final year of Silverstone’s current deal. No new deal has been agreed for quite some time.
Sunday’s race will be run over 52 laps of the 5.901km circuit.
Directions: How can I get to the British Grand Prix?
Silverstone is on the A43 in Northamptonshire, 8km (5miles) from Towcester and 9km (5.25miles) from both Brackley and Buckingham. It is easily reached by two motorways – the M1 and the M40. Main line rail services from London and the regions are available at both Milton Keynes and Northampton.
Where can I watch the British Grand Prix on TV?
British Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Full coverage will also be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The British Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports and Foxtel 4k (no ad breaks)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the British Grand Prix?
Friday July 12: 21C, partly cloudy.
Saturday July 13: 22C, scattered showers.
Sunday July 14: 21C, partly cloudy.
Which drivers have won the British Grand Prix?
Last year Sebastian Vettel got the best of a thrilling battle with Mercedes to win the British Grand Prix for the second time.
But the German four-time World Champion is not even close to being the most successful driver in the history of the race. Three drivers have won the British Grand Prix five times – the late great Jim Clark, the French master Alain Prost and reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton. Another British great Nigel Mansell won the race four times.
Ferrari dominate the list of constructors to win the British Grand Prix with a total of 16 victories while McLaren come next with 14 successes while Williams have 10.
The last 10 winners of the British Grand Prix are as follows:
2018: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
2017: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2015: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2014: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2013: Nico Rosberg (Germany, Mercedes)
2012: Mark Webber (Australia, Red Bull)
2011: Fernando Alonso (Spain, Ferrari)
2010: Mark Webber (Australia, Red Bull)
2009: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Red Bull)
Track Lap Record: 1:30.621 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes, 2017)
British Grand Prix grid positions
1 Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
2 Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
3 Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari)
4 Max Verstappen (Netherlands, Red Bull)
5 Pierre Gasly (France, Red Bull)
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Renault)
8 Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren)
9 Alex Albon (Thailand, Toro Rosso)
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany, Renault)
11 Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo Racing)
12 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo Racing)
13 Carlos Sainz (Spain, McLaren)
14 Romain Grosjean (France, Haas)
15 Sergio Perez (Mexico, Racing Point)
16 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas)
17 Daniil Kvyat (Russia, Toro Rosso)
18 Lance Stroll (Canada, Racing Point)
19 George Russell (Great Britain, Williams)
20 Robert Kubica (Poland, Williams)
What are the odds for the British Grand Prix?
Despite that blip in Austria, Lewis Hamilton is hot favourite to take a record-breaking sixth Silverstone victory. Leading odds for the British Grand Prix from Bet365 are as follows:
10/11 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
6/4 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
9/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
9/1 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
16/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
(Prices correct at 1700 BST on Saturday July 13)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the British Grand Prix are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 197 points
Valtteri Bottas – 166 points
Max Verstappen – 126 points
Sebastian Vettel – 123 points
Charles Leclerc – 105 points
Mercedes – 363 points
Ferrari – 228 points
Red Bull – 169 points
Tyre choices for the British Grand Prix
F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring the white hard C1 tyre to the British Grand Prix along with the yellow medium C2 and the red soft C3. Their compound set ranges from C1 (the hardest) to C5 (the softest).
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) July 2, 2019
What is F1’s rule on bonus points?
F1 made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructors’ standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.