3D Silverstone Race Track Analysis

Welcome to this first article in our circuit map series as we start with the home of British motor racing, Silverstone, and the current home of the British Grand Prix. Whether you're an F1 fan that wants a more detailed look at the track, or you are planning on a driving experience day at Silverstone, this map will detail the nature of each corner and the driving technique you need.


History

As with many racing tracks in the UK, the Silverstone circuit began life as RAF Silverstone, a WW2 triangle format bomber station before being used as an ad hoc and informal motorsport circuit and a race known as the Mutton Grand Prix.

The Northamptonshire track hosted the first British Grand Prix in 1948 with the first World Championship of Drivers race held in 1950. As with many of the historic tracks the turns and straights have names like 'Brooklands', 'Becketts' and 'Hangar Straight'.

The Silverstone race track is considered one of the finest motorsport venues in the world and we have produced this Silverstone circuit map to give you a great visual guide of the layout and a head start to putting together a great lap at the Silverstone race track.

Circuit Facts

  • Lap length - 5.891km (3.66 miles) (20 turns)
  • Arena Grand Prix Circuit length (2011-present) - 5,891km/3.661 miles
  • Turns - 18 (R10/L8)
  • Distance from grid to turn one - 296m

Car Performance data (Via FIA, Williams and Mercedes)

  • Full throttle - 70%
  • Longest flat-out section - 1034m
  • Downforce level - High
  • Gear changes per lap - 40
  • Fuel use per lap - 2.8kg
  • Time penalty per lap of fuel - 0.112s

F1 Specific facts

  • Projected F1 Average Speed - 252kph/157mph
  • Projected F1 Maximum Speed - 302kph / 188mph
  • Race laps – 52
  • Race distance - 306.332km (190.346 miles)
  • Pole position - Left-hand side of the track
  • Projected F1 Lap Time - 1:23.13 (official lap records are set in a race, although qualifying laps are often faster)
  • Fastest lap - 1’29.607 (Lewis Hamilton, 2013, qualifying three)
  • Maximum speed - 329.5kph (204.742 mph)
  • At 5.891km, Silverstone is the third longest F1 circuit on the current calendar.

Silverstone general facts

  • King George VI attended the first official F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950. This visit remains the first and last time a reigning monarch has attended the British Grand Prix.
  • Lewis Hamilton was one of four drivers to suffer a Pirelli tyre blowout last year after just seven laps of racing.
  • The first race at the Silverstone race track attracted just 12 drivers in 1946.
  • The 2017 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was won by Lewis Hamilton with an average speed of 221.201 mph.
  • Silverstone has a capacity of 150,000.


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