Last Updated on March 9, 2024

Britain has a great motor racing history and the British F1 is a race that tends to sell out with crowds of around 130,000. This is an iconic race and if you are a real F1 fan, it is well worth attending.

Where and When

  • Date: 5th to 7th July 2024
  • Venue: Silverstone Race Circuit, England

The Circuit

Silverstone F1 race circuit
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Silverstone Circuit, located in Northamptonshire, England, is one of the most iconic and historic Formula 1 race tracks in the world.

During World War II the circuit was an airfield, before then being transformed into a racing circuit in 1948.

The track layout has evolved, but the current iteration is known for its high-speed corners, long straights, and demanding sections. Here’s an overview of the main corners and turns:

1. Copse Corner

This is the first significant corner on the circuit, a fast right-hander taken at high speed.

It’s crucial for setting up a good lap time as it leads onto the long Wellington Straight.

2. Maggotts-Becketts Complex

Arguably the most famous section of the track, this complex consists of a series of high-speed left-right-left turns taken almost flat out.

It includes Maggotts, a fast left-hander, followed by Becketts, a sweeping series of turns that demand precision and commitment from the drivers.

3. Chapel Curve

Following Becketts, drivers navigate Chapel Curve, a quick left-hand kink that leads onto the Hanger Straight.

4. Stowe Corner

Located at the end of the Hanger Straight, Stowe is a medium-speed right-hand corner that requires late braking and good traction on exit as it leads onto another short straight.

5. Vale

Following Stowe, drivers negotiate the Vale chicane, a relatively slow left-right chicane that requires careful positioning to set up for the subsequent Club complex.

6. Club Corner

Club is a medium-speed right-left chicane that marks the final corner of the lap. It’s essential for carrying momentum onto the start-finish straight.

7. Abbey

While not as significant in the current layout, Abbey used to be the first corner before the 2010 circuit revisions. It’s now part of a fast-flowing section leading into the Farm Curve.

8. Farm Curve

This is a high-speed right-hander leading into the Village complex.

9. Village Complex

Comprising a sequence of left-right turns, this section is crucial for maintaining speed and rhythm through the infield portion of the circuit.

These corners and sections, along with the long straights and challenging elevation changes make Silverstone a favorite among drivers and fans alike.

Getting to Silverstone Race Circuit

The Red Devils performing at the British F1
The Red Devils performing at the pre-race of the British F1

In terms of getting to Silverstone for an F1 race weekend, there are several transportation options available depending on your location and preferences:

1. Car and Driving

Many fans choose to drive to Silverstone as it offers flexibility and convenience.

The circuit is located near major roadways, including the M1 and M40 motorways.

Do be aware though that on race weekend (especially on race day) there can be quite long traffic jams trying to get to the circuit (if you are not camping at the circuit).

2. Public Transportation

Silverstone offers shuttle bus services from nearby towns and cities, such as Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Additionally, there are train services to stations like Milton Keynes Central and Northampton, from where you can catch shuttle buses or taxis to the circuit.

3. Coach/Bus

Some travel companies and fan groups organize coach or bus trips to Silverstone from different parts of the country.

This option provides a hassle-free way to travel to the circuit, allowing you to relax and socialize with fellow fans along the way.

Lewis Hamilton driving a Mercedes at Silverstone

4. Cycling/Walking

If you are staying nearby, then a more eco-friendly and adventurous option, cycling or walking to Silverstone can be a viable choice.

The circuit provides bike racks and designated walking routes for fans who choose to arrive on foot or by bicycle.

Regardless of how you choose to travel to Silverstone, it’s essential to plan ahead and check for any travel advisories or road closures, especially on race weekends when traffic volumes are high.

Additionally, consider booking accommodation in advance if you plan to stay overnight, as nearby hotels and campsites tend to fill up quickly during major events like the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Accommodation at/Near Silverstone for Race Weekend

Accommodation options for the Silverstone Formula 1 Grand Prix can vary depending on your budget, preferences, and availability. Here are some popular choices:

1. Camping

If you want to avoid the issue of getting stuck in traffic jams on the day of the race then you might want to consider camping at the circuit.

Camping at Silverstone is a popular choice for many F1 fans and it offers you a vibrant atmosphere and proximity to the circuit.

There are private campsites and campgrounds in the surrounding area, offering a range of amenities and accommodation options, from basic tents to luxury glamping.

A few camping options are available including:

Facilities typically include toilets, showers, and food vendors.

2. Hotels and B&Bs

 

There is a range of hotels, B&Bs, and guesthouses close to Silverstone Circuit, and at a range of prices (expect higher rates of course for race weekend).

Many of the hotels tend to include a shuttle bus service to Silverstone Circuit.

You will not be surprised when I advise you to book as far in advance as you possibly can as the hotels book out early.

You might want to include considering nearby towns and villages, such as Towcester and Buckingham.

Getting Tickets for the British F1

To obtain tickets for the British Formula 1 Grand Prix, you typically have several options:

1. Official Formula One Website

The official Formula 1 website usually sells tickets for all Grand Prix races, including the British Grand Prix.

You can visit the website, navigate to the “Tickets” section, and select the British Grand Prix from the list of races.

2. Silverstone Circuit Website

The Silverstone Circuit website also offers tickets for the British Grand Prix.

They may offer special packages or promotions for the event, so it’s worth exploring the options available directly from the circuit.

3. Hospitality Packages

If you’re looking for a premium experience, consider purchasing hospitality packages offered by the circuit or authorized hospitality providers.

These packages often include access to exclusive viewing areas, gourmet catering, and other VIP amenities.

5 Best attractions close to Silverstone race track

While Silverstone Circuit itself is a major attraction, there are a few other attractions nearby if you are staying in the area for a few days after or before the Grand Prix, including the following:

i) British Motor Museum

Located in Gaydon, Warwickshire, about a 40-minute drive from Silverstone, the British Motor Museum is home to a big collection.

Expect to see classic cars, motorcycles, and memorabilia, with several hundred motor exhibits covering motoring through the ages.

ii) Stowe House and Gardens

Stowe House, and Gardens, situated close to the town of Buckingham, is just a 30-minute drive from Silverstone.

This majestic historic estate is celebrated for its meticulously landscaped gardens and remarkable architecture.

You will have the opportunity to wander through the impressive mansion, meander along the scenic pathways of the gardens, and delve into the captivating history of the estate.

iii) Towcester Racecourse

If you are a horse racing enthusiast, Towcester Racecourse is worth a visit.

Situated only a short distance from Silverstone, this racecourse boasts a rich history and hosts a variety of National Hunt and flat racing fixtures all year round.

iv) Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club

If you’re a golf enthusiast or simply enjoy outdoor activities in a picturesque setting, Whittlebury Park Golf and Country Club is worth a visit.

Located just a short drive from Silverstone, this expansive complex features two championship golf courses, luxurious spa facilities, and beautiful countryside views.

v) Bletchley Park

History enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to Bletchley Park, located in Milton Keynes, approximately 30 minutes from Silverstone.

This historic site was the central location for British codebreakers during World War II, where they deciphered enemy codes, including the German Enigma machine.

Explore the fascinating exhibits, immersive displays, and restored codebreaking huts to learn about the vital role Bletchley Park played in Allied intelligence efforts during the war.

Weather in Silverstone, England in July

One year it can be windy and rainy for the July British Formula 1 Grand Prix, and the next year you might find yourself sat in the scorching hear of around 30 celcius.

You never know what to expect with the British weather so the best plan is to prepare for all types of weather.

On average though you can expect highs of around 22 Celsius and lows of around 11 Celcius at night time, at the start of July.

You can also check here on Accuweather.

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