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The British Grand Prix 2015Back

F1The British Grand Prix takes place this weekend at Silverstone, so we’ve put together a bit of information and some fun trivia ahead of the big race on Sunday.

A bit of history

The British Grand Prix, together with the Italian Grand Prix are the oldest continuously staged Formula One World Championship Grand Prix. Dating back to 1926 when the very first British Grand Prix was held at Brooklands circuit, near Weybridge in Surrey. The race was the brainchild of Henry Segrave, the first Briton to win a Grand Prix in his British racing car, the Sunbeam. The 1950 Grand Prix was the first official Formula 1 World Championship Grand Prix. This year will be the 51st race held at Silverstone since it began in 1948.

LouisLewis Hamilton

This year, Lewis Hamilton is all set to defend his title, and will be seeking a second consecutive win at Silverstone, in order to gain advantage in the battle for the top spot in the 2015 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship. At present, Hamilton’s main rival is fellow Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg who took victory in Austria, but as Hamilton prepares for the famous Silverstone circuit, he’ll certainly be safe in the knowledge the British crowd will be right behind him.

Latest Odds

Take a look below at the latest odds for the winner of the British Grand Prix 2015:

Lewis Hamilton – 8/15
Nico Rosberg – 15/8
Sebastian Vettel – 10/1
Kimi Raikkonen – 25/1
Valtteri Bottas – 50/1
Felipe Massa – 66/1

British Grand PrixWhen are the races?

Practice 1: Friday 03 July – 10am

Practice 2: Friday 03 July – 2pm

Practice 3: Saturday 04 July – 10am

Qualifying: Saturday 04 July – 1pm

Race: Sunday 05 July – 1pm

What can I expect?

We hope Lewis Hamilton will come away with the title, making it its eighth grand prix win this season. Look out for Sebastian Vettel who is likely to give Hamilton a good run for his money. Williams is also another strong contender for stealing the title. McLaren is expected to continue its poor performance this Championship, with Jenson Button and Fernando picking up a combined 50-place grid penalty including a stop-go penalty for 2009 world champion, Button, and a drive-through for two-time world champion Alonso.

Where can I watch the race?

Both Sky Sports F1 and the BBC will be broadcasting live coverage of all five sessions throughout the weekend. Or, if you are hoping to watch the race live at Silverstone, general admission to the ground starts from £55 for children and £110 for adults on Saturday and £220 upwards on Sunday at the final. Visit http://tickets.formula1.com/en/3226-silverstone/ for more details.

Fun Facts

  • Ferrari’s first F1 win was at Silverstone in the 1951 British GP
  • Both Jim Clark and Alan Prost have won the race 5 times. Nigel Mansell won the race 3 times
  • In 1985, Keke Rosberg did a pole lap at Silverstone at an average speed on 160MPH, making it the fastest circuit in the world
  • About 350,000 people will attend the race weekend this year, with around 125,000 on race day
  • The circuit is 3.66 miles long, and the race lasts 52 laps
  • The crowd really does have an impact at Silverstone – British drivers have won the event 22 times, compared to the next most successful nations (Germany and Australia) with only 5 wins each.

The last 10 winners:

2014 – Lewis Hamilton
2013 – Nico Rosberg
2012 – Mark Webber
2011 – Fernando Alonso
2010 – Mark Webber
2009 – Sebastian Vettel
2008 – Lewis Hamilton
2007 – Kimi Raikkonen
2006 – Fernando Alonso
2005 – Juan Pablo Montoya

Posted by Leana Kell on 03/07/2015