Formula 1 returns to Silverstone for the 2021 British Grand Prix with a capacity crowd set to roar from the stands.
Silverstone played a crucial role in keeping Formula 1 moving throughout the height of the pandemic, hosting two rounds in 2020, though sadly with no fans able to attend.
This time around though they will be welcomed back with open arms as Formula 1 targets comfortably the largest crowd of the season, and the homegrown hero is greatly in need of their support.
Lewis Hamilton has not tasted victory since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May, and heads into his home race at Silverstone with a 32-point deficit to Max Verstappen to address.
The Dutchman dominated both rounds in Austria, but now at a Silverstone track with totally different characteristics, is this the race where Hamilton re-establishes himself in the title fight?
Remember though, this is no ordinary race weekend. For the first time Formula 1 will host sprint qualifying in a major shift to the format, and no one knows exactly how this 100km Saturday race is going to affect the pecking order.
Here is everything you need to know ahead of the 2021 British Grand Prix…
When is the 2021 British Grand Prix?
Practice 1: Friday July 16, 1430-1530 BST
Qualifying: Friday July 16, 1800 BST
Practice 2: Saturday July 17, 1200-1300 BST
Sprint qualifying: Saturday July 17, 1630 BST
Race: Sunday July 18, 1500 BST
Where does the 2021 British Grand Prix take place?
A British Grand Prix has been on the Formula 1 calendar since the inaugural season in 1950, and Silverstone is its current home having hosted the first ever Formula One Grand Prix that year.
Located in the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England, this 3.66-mile circuit regularly attracts a crowd rivaled by very few other venues on the Formula 1 calendar.
Max Verstappen holds the lap record after setting a 1:27.097 in the 2020 race, while Sir Lewis Hamilton’s 1:24.303 to secure pole for that race is the outright lap record for the current layout which has been in use since 2011.
Silverstone is a venue which over the years has come close to dropping off the Formula 1 calendar on several occasions, but with a new five-year deal signed off back in 2019, the doubts were laid to rest once again.
Where can I watch the 2021 British Grand Prix?
In the UK, pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports will show the entire race weekend, from FP1 to the race, on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4 will also broadcast live across the race weekend.
F1 TV Pro viewers can watch all the live action from Silverstone. Please check to see if F1 TV Pro is available in your country.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data throughout every session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend, from FP1 on Friday morning to the race on Sunday afternoon.
The British Grand Prix will be shown live on TV on the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: Sky Sport F1
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport
What are the odds for the 2021 British Grand Prix?
It is no surprise to see the bookmakers back Max Verstappen to take his fourth consecutive victory by winning the British Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton touted as his only likely challenger.
Here are the leading odds from Planet Sport Bet:
5/4 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
40/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
(Last updated Saturday July 17)
What is the starting grid for the 2021 British Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying race?
Friday night’s qualifying session saw the Silverstone crowd roar on home favourite Lewis Hamilton to P1 on the grid for Saturday’s sprint race, which is as follows:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
5 Sergio Perez Red Bull
6 Lando Norris McLaren
7 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
8 George Russell Williams
9 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
10 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
11 Fernando Alonso
12 Pierre Gasly
13 Esteban Ocon
14 Antonio Giovinazzi
15 Lance Stroll
16 Yuki Tsunoda
17 Kimi Raikkonen
18 Nicholas Latifi
19 Mick Schumacher
20 Nikita Mazepin
What is the starting grid for the 2021 British Grand Prix race?
Lewis Hamilton was unable to turn his P1 on the starting grid into P1 on the grid for Sunday’s race after losing out in sprint qualifying to Max Verstappen. The full rundown for the race proper is as follows:
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
5 Lando Norris McLaren
6 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren
7 Fernando Alonso Alpine
8 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin
9 George Russell Williams
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine
11 Carlos Sainz Ferrari
12 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri
13 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing
16 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri
17 Nicholas Latifi Williams
18 Mick Schumacher Haas
19 Nikita Mazepin Haas
20 Sergio Perez Red Bull
What is the weather forecast for the 2021 British Grand Prix?
Friday July 16 – 23c, sunny
Saturday July 17 – 23c, sunny
Sunday July 18 – 23c, sunny
Directions 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.
Fans can also travel on the 87 bus which will stop adjacent to Copse Corner.
As for those traveling by air, Luton and Birmingham are the closest airports to the circuit, but both are around 50 miles away.
Which drivers have won the British Grand Prix?
There is never a shortage of Hamilton fans when the stands are open at Silverstone, and it is fair to say that he feeds off of that support, having won the British Grand Prix a record seven times.
From there it is a trip way back through the history books with Jim Clark and Alain Prost the only drivers to have tasted victory at the British Grand Prix on five occasions.
The last 10 winners of the British Grand Prix are as follows:
2020: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2019: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
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)
Tyre choices for the 2021 British Grand Prix
Silverstone is one of the most demanding tracks on the calendar when it comes to tyre wear, and so Pirelli will bring the hardest compounds in their range to the British Grand Prix.
That means that the C1 will serve as the hard tyre, the C2 will be the medium and the C3 will be the soft compound.
Pirelli have brought forward the introduction of their new rear-tyre construction, meaning it will be in use at the British Grand Prix.
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) February 19, 2021
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
Max Verstappen – 182 points
Lewis Hamilton – 150 points
Sergio Perez – 104 points
Lando Norris – 101 points
Valtteri Bottas – 92 points
Red Bull – 286 points
Mercedes – 242 points
McLaren – 141 points
Ferrari – 122 points