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Silverstone 2023! Everything You Need To Know...

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Welcome to the first of three races taking place in July, and the first stop is Silverstone! I am incredibly excited for the GP this week, mainly because I am attending and it'll be my first time at a GP, but also to get to experience racing at such a historic and widely beloved track. As I am attending, I am still going to try my best to update everything as fast as possible, but there may be a delay and a few formatting issues. If there are any, these will all be fixedafter the GP when I have access to my laptop again haha!


The iconic Silverstone Circuit creates an enthralling motorsport event, steeped in rich history, promises to deliver an electrifying weekend of intense racing, captivating rivalries, and an unforgettable experience for fans across the globe. The British Grand Prix holds a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts, as it represents the birthplace of Formula 1 itself. From its humble beginnings in 1950 to becoming an integral part of the F1 calendar, this legendary race continues to ignite passion and ignite the imagination of millions. With its storied heritage and a track renowned for its high-speed challenges, the British GP has firmly established itself as a cornerstone of motorsport excellence.


As the engines roar to life and the starting lights illuminate, the world's finest drivers will push the boundaries of human and machine, maneuvering through the demanding twists and turns of the Silverstone Circuit. From the iconic Copse corner to the breathtaking Maggots-Becketts complex, every inch of the track presents a formidable test of skill, requiring utmost precision and unwavering determination. The race for glory is on, especially for the three drivers for which the British GP is their home race: Mercedes' George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, and McLaren's Lando Norris. Welcome to the heart-pounding adventure of the British Grand Prix!


If you want anymore information on the drivers and teams, you can find that here!

 

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Silverstone Schedule (BST):


Friday 7th July 2023:

Free Practice 1: 12:30-13:30

Free Practice 2: 16:00-17:00


Saturday 8th July 2023:

Free Practice 3: 11:30-12:30

Qualifying: 15:00-16:00


Sunday 9th July 2023:

The Race: 15:00

 

About The Track:

  • The first Grand Prix to be held here, was the first Grand Prix in F1's inaugural 1950 season!

  • The circuit has 2 DRS zones. The first is just before Turn 3. The second is between Turns 10 and 11. The circuit also has a speed trap as the drivers head towards Turn 15.

  • The race will have 52 laps of the 5.891km track.

  • The lap record was set by Max Verstappen in 2020 at 1:27.097.

  • The Becketts complex (Turn 10 to 14), comprising Maggots, Becketts, and Chapel corners, is one of the circuit's most exhilarating sections. It demands high-speed commitment and precision from the drivers.

  • One of the longest flat-out sections on the circuit is the Hanger Straight. This rapid straightaway provides an excellent overtaking opportunity, leading into the tight and technical Stowe corner.

  • The section between the Village and The Loop corners is referred to as the Farm Curves. This sequence of corners pays homage to the circuit's rural surroundings, with names like The Loop, Wellington Straight, and Luffield.

 

Free Practice Updates:


Free Practice 1 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P15. 1:30.090. Completed 22 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P18. 1:30.321. Completed 20 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P16. 1:30.092. Completed 28 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P11. 1:29.691. Completed 26 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P6. 1:29.319. Completed 23 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P13. 1:29.828. Completed 24 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P4. 1:29.268. Completed 21 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P9. 1:29.471. Completed 26 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P7. 1:29.357. Completed 25 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P5. 1:29.280. Completed 25 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen:P19. 1:30.385. Completed 21 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P20. 1:30.591. Completed 22 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P8. 1:29.441. Completed 25 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P10. 1:29.658. Completed 16 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P12. 1:29.768. Completed 23 laps.

  • George Russell: P14. 1:29.874. Completed 28 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:28.600. Completed 26 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P2. 1:29.048. Completed 22 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P3. 1:29.089. Completed 22 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P17. 1:30.124. Completed 24 laps.


Overall Results of FP1:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:28.600

2

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.448

3

Alex Albon

Williams

+0.489

4

​Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.668

5

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.680

6

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.719

7

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.757

8

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.841

9

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.871

10

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.058

11

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.091

12

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+1.168

13

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+1.228

14

George Russell

Mercedes

+1.274

15

Valterri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.490

16

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.492

17

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1.524

18

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1.721

19

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.785

20

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1.991

Free Practice 2 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P16. 1:29.378. Completed 28 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P11. 1:29.225. Completed 28 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P18. 1:29.483. Completed 25 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P19. 1:29.571. Completed 29 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P13. 1:29.242. Completed 24 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P8. 1:28.889. Completed 27 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P10. 1:29.134. Completed 26 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P6. 1:28.866. Completed 30 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P2. 1:28.100. Completed 29 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: No Time Set for FP2. Leclerc's car had technical problems and couldn't leave the garage.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P17. 1:29.439. Completed 20 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P7. 1:28.880. Completed 28 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P14. 1:29.260. Completed 24 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P9. 1:28.926. Completed 29 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P15. 1:29.283. Completed 24 laps.

  • George Russell: P12. 1:29.238. Completed 25 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. 1:28.078. Completed 27 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P4. 1:28.342. Completed 30 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P3. 1:28.296. Completed 30 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P5. 1:28.766. Completed 29 laps.


Overall Results of FP2:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:28.078

2

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.022

3

Alex Albon

Williams

+0.218

4

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.264

5

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+0.688

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.788

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+0.802

8

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.811

9

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+0.848

10

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+1.056

11

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+1.147

12

George Russell

Mercedes

+1.160

13

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+1.164

14

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.182

15

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+1.205

16

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.300

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.361

18

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.405

19

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.493

Free Practice 3 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P18. 1:29.586. Completed 15 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: No Time Set for FP3. Zhou's car had technical issues and could not leave the garage.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P10. 1:28.337. Completed 21 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P11. 1:28.504. Completed 20 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P16. 1:29.233. Completed 22 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P4. 1:27.893. Completed 19 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P3. 1:27.784. Completed 14 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P13. 1:28.620. Completed 15 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P6. 1:27.964. Completed 21 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P1. 1:27.419. Completed 24 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P15. 1:29.207. Completed 13 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P19. 1:33.590. Completed 13 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P12. 1:28.563. Completed 18 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P17. 1:29.437. Completed 20 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P5. 1:27.948. Completed 16 laps.

  • George Russell: P9. 1:28.284. Completed 17 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P8. 1:28.266. Completed 19 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P14. 1:28.904. Completed 19 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P2. 1:27.592. Completed 14 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P7. 1:28.151. Completed 16 laps.


Overall Results of FP3:

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:27.419

2

Alex Albon

Williams

+0.173

3

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.365

4

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.474

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.529

6

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.545

7

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+0.732

8

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.847

9

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.865

10

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+0.918

11

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.085

12

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.144

13

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.201

14

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+1.485

15

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.788

16

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+1.814

17

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+2.018

18

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+2.167

19

Nico Hulkenbereg

Haas

+6.171


 

Qualifying Updates:


Eliminated in Q1 -

Kevin Magnussen

Nyck De Vries

Zhou Guanyu

Yuki Tsunoda

Sergio Perez


Eliminated in Q2 -

Valtteri Bottas

Logan Sargeant

Esteban Ocon

Lance Stroll

Nico Hulkenberg


Through to Q3 -

Pierre Gasly

Fernando Alonso

Alex Albon

Lewis Hamilton

George Russell

Carlos Sainz

Charles Leclerc

Oscar Piastri

Lando Norris

Max Verstappen


Overall Results of Qualifying:


*this does not take into account any penalties, final starting grid can be found under 'The Race' section*


The time listed shows the driver's fastest qualifying lap for their respective final qualifying sessions. Blue is for Q3, red is for Q2, and no background colour is Q1. For the driver's times for Q1, Q2, Q3, see below in 'Qualifying Results by Team'.

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:26.720

2

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:26.961

3

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:27.092

4

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:27.136

5

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:27.148

6

George Russell

Mercedes

1:27.155

7

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:27.211

8

Alex Albon

Williams

1:27.530

9

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:27.659

10

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

1:27.689

11

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

1:28.896

12

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:28.935

13

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:28.956

14

Logan Sargeant

Williams

1:29.031

15

Valtteri Bottas*

Alfa Romeo

1:29.798

16

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:29.968

17

Yuki Tsunoda

Alphatauri

1:30.025

18

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:30.123

19

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

1:30.513

20

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1:32.378

*This is Bottas' Q1 time as he spun out and was unable to participate in Q2.


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P15. Q1 = 1:29.798. Q2 = No Time Set.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P17. Q1 = 1:30.123.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P17. Q1 = 1:30.025.

  • Nyck De Vries: P19. Q1 = 1:30.513.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P13. Q1 = 1:29.700. Q2 = 1:28.956.

  • Pierre Gasly: P10. Q1 = 1:29.533. Q2 = 1:28.751. Q3 = 1:27.689.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P9. Q1 = 1:29.949. Q2 = 1:28.368. Q3 = 1:27.659.

  • Lance Stroll: P12. Q1 = 1:29.448. Q2 = 1:28.935.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P5. Q1 = 1:29.865. Q2 = 1:28.265. Q3 = 1:27.145.

  • Charles Leclerc: P4. Q1 = 1:29.143. Q2 = 1:27.845. Q3 = 1:27.092.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P20. Q1 = 1:32.378.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P11. Q1 = 1:29.603. Q2 = 1:28.896.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P2. Q1 = 1:28.917. Q2 = 1:28.042. Q3 = 1:26.961.

  • Oscar Piastri: P3. Q1 = 1:29.874. Q2 = 1:27.845. Q3 = 1:27.092.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P7. Q1 = 1:29.415. Q2 = 1:28.545. Q3 = 1:27.211.

  • George Russell: P6. Q1 = 1:29.412. Q2 = 1:28.782. Q3 = 1:27.155.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. Q1 = 1:29.428. Q2 = 1:27.702. Q3 = 1:26.720.

  • Sergio Perez: P16. Q1 = 1:29.968.

Williams

  • Alex Albon: P8. Q1 = 1:29.466. Q2 = 1:28.067. Q3 = 1:28.530.

  • Logan Sargeant: P14. Q1 = 1:29.873. Q2 = 1:29.031.

 

Pre-race Penalties:

  • Bottas to start P20 after his disqualification from qualifying when his car was unable to provide a 1.0 litre sample of fuel.

 

The Race:


Starting Grid -


Race Results -

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

Pit Stops

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1

2

Lando Norris

McLaren

+3.798

1

3

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+6.783

1

4

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+7.776

1

5

George Russell

Mercedes

+11.206

1

6

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+12.882

1

7

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+17.193

1

8

Alex Albon

Williams

+17.878

1

9

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+18.689

2

10

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+19.448

1

11

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+23.632

1

12

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+25.830

1

13

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+26.663

2

14

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+27.483

1

15

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+29.820

3

16

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+31.225

2

17

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+33.128

2

DNFs -

Esteban Ocon - Alpine

Pierre Gasly - Alpine

Kevin Magnussen - Haas


Fastest Lap - Max Verstappen with 1:30.275.


Driver of the Day - Lando Norris

 

Any Other News:


 

Championship Standings:


World Constructors Championship -

Position

Team

Points

Gap

1

Red Bull

411

2

Mercedes

203

-208

3

Aston Martin

181

-22

4

Ferrari

157

-24

5

McLaren

59

-98

6

Alpine

47

-12

7

Williams

11

-36

8

Haas

11

-0

9

Alfa Romeo

9

-2

10

AlphaTauri

2

-7

World Drivers Championship -

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

255

2

Sergio Perez

156

-99

3

Fernando Alonso

137

-19

4

Lewis Hamilton

121

-16

5

Carlos Sainz

83

-38

6

George Russell

82

-1

7

Charles Leclerc

74

-7

8

Lance Stroll

44

-30

9

Lando Norris

42

-2

10

Esteban Ocon

31

-9

11

Oscar Piastri

17

-14

12

Pierre Gasly

16

-1

13

Alex Albon

11

-5

14

Nico Hulkenberg

9

-2

15

Valtteri Bottas

5

-4

16

Zhou Guanyu

4

-1

17

Yuki Tsunoda

2

-2

18

Kevin Magnussen

2

-0

19

Logan Sargeant

0

-2

20

Nyck De Vries

0

-0


 

A Track For THE Track: Silverstone 2023 Edition:


This carefully curated collection of songs is designed to amplify the adrenaline and capture the essence of the high-octane atmosphere surrounding the British Grand Prix. From legendary British rock anthems to soulful ballads and infectious pop hits, this playlist transcends genres, offering a diverse sonic journey that mirrors the thrilling twists and turns of the Silverstone Circuit. Each track has been chosen with precision, combining iconic songs by British artists with international favorites that embody the spirit of this historic race. You can listen to the playlist here, or scroll to the bottom of this post!


  1. "The Rolling Stones - Start Me Up": Kicking off the playlist with a timeless classic from one of Britain's greatest rock bands, this song sets the perfect tone for the adrenaline-fueled action about to unfold at the British Grand Prix.

  2. "David Bowie - Heroes": A British icon, David Bowie's uplifting anthem serves as a reminder of the heroic feats and thrilling battles that will take place on the Silverstone Circuit.

  3. "Blur - Parklife": This Britpop gem captures the essence of a bustling race day atmosphere, where fans come together to revel in the excitement and embrace the thrill of motorsport.

  4. "Queen - We Will Rock You": A stadium anthem by the legendary Queen, this song's stomping beat and catchy chorus energize both the drivers and the crowd, creating an electric atmosphere.

  5. "Amy Winehouse - Back to Black": A hauntingly beautiful track by the late Amy Winehouse, it adds a touch of soulful melancholy, reminding us that even amidst the high-speed thrills, there's room for introspection.

  6. "The Who - My Generation": An anthem of rebellion and youthful energy, this song captures the essence of Formula 1's constant pursuit of pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo.

  7. "Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over": This powerful and uplifting track by Florence + The Machine serves as a reminder that no matter the challenges faced, the British Grand Prix marks a turning point, ushering in a fresh wave of excitement and possibilities.

  8. "Elton John - Rocket Man": Elton John's iconic hit takes us on a cosmic journey, mirroring the high-speed escapades of the drivers as they navigate the twists and turns of the Silverstone Circuit.

  9. "Coldplay - Adventure of a Lifetime": With its infectious hooks and euphoric vibes, this Coldplay anthem encourages us to embrace the adventure and thrill of the British Grand Prix.

  10. "Duran Duran - Rio": An '80s classic, this catchy tune transports us to sun-soaked beaches and vibrant parties, mirroring the excitement and energy of the British Grand Prix atmosphere.

  11. "Sam Ryder - Space Man": A captivating and introspective song that takes listeners on a cosmic journey of self-discovery and longing. With its haunting melodies and poignant lyrics, the track evokes a sense of wonder and reflection. I also included this as an ode to Sam Ryder who performed the national anthem at last years GP!

  12. "The Beatles - Hey Jude" is a timeless classic that showcases The Beatles' songwriting prowess and their ability to create a universal anthem of hope and unity. The song's gradual build-up, heartfelt lyrics, and sing-along chorus make it a perfect addition to the playlist, evoking a sense of camaraderie and togetherness among the fans.


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