After a quite fantastic F1 Live event in London, the British GP is back, though by the sounds of it not for very long.
The race this weekend will be the 68th British GP and the 51st at Silverstone Circuit. The British GP is one of only two races to have been held every single year since the start of F1 in 1950, the Italian GP being the only other. Silverstone is a 5.891km long track, the third longest on the calendar behind Spa (7.004km) and Baku (6.003km). The race itself will be 52 laps long and have a total distance of 306.332km.
Only 18 of the 50 (36.00%) previous races have been won from pole position, making it the second lowest win from pole percentage on the calendar, Austria being the lowest. 30 different drivers have won the British GP while it has been held at Silverstone, the most successful of these is Alain Prost with five wins. Lewis Hamilton however is just behind with four and could match that this weekend. Over all three tracks to hold the British GP, 12 different British drivers have won the race.
This weekend’s race is the 50th race for both Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen, Marcus Ericsson’s 50th race for Sauber, and Kevin Magnussen’s 50th race start (assuming he does). In recent years Mercedes have been dominant in Silverstone, starting on pole and winning the last four races, with three wins for Lewis Hamilton and one for Nico Rosberg.
The Silly Stats
MUD! You would need 94,416m² of mud to completely cover the Silverstone track surface. That same amount of mud could cover between 13 and 16 football pitches. If the mud was ankle deep it could fill FOUR Olympic sized swimming pools and annoy a lot of swimmers.
As it’s Wimbledon as well as the British GP this week here are a few more silly stats. It would take 118,020,000 delicious strawberries to cover the Silverstone track surface. Those strawberries would weigh 1,416,240kg and cost at least £404,640.