The British Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix is at present held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northampton shire. The British and Italian Grand Prix are the oldest continuously-staged Formula One World Championship Grand Prix races.
|Date||Friday 9th July 2010 to Sunday 11th July 2010|
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Silverstone's stimulating range of driving experience provides extraordinary offerings for any unique event, allowing the lucky user to take pleasure in this world famous circuit up close. No other UK venue gives one the chance to follow in the tyre tracks of the world's biggest racing stars and experience the thrill of screeching tyres on the same tarmac as his motoring heroes.
Grand Prix motor racing was first established in Britain by Henry Segrave at the Brooklands course in 1926 after his winning of the French Grand Prix in 1923 and the following year at the Spanish Grand Prix, which raised interest in the sport. The first ever British Grand Prix was won by the French team of Louis Wager and Robert Senechal driving a Delage 155B.
Silverstone has hosted the race on a regular basis since the start of the F1 championship in 1950. That was the first race of the first ever official World Championship. It alternated the hosting with Brands Hatch between 1964 and 1986 and with Aintree, better known as a horse-racing course, between 1955 and 1962.
Silverstone Circuit has come a long way since it was changed from a wartime airfield into a motor racing circuit. It is now one of the world's most famous motor sport venues and is both the birth place of British motor sport and the home of the British Grand Prix.
In recent years, some of Britain's winning drivers at Silverstone Circuit have included Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, John Watson, David Coulthard and very recently Lewis Hamilton.
Possibly because of some disputes about funding for track improvements and a refusal to pay race fees, the British Grand Prix will move to Donington Park in 2010 for a ten-year contract.