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Silverstone keeps British Grand Prix

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12/02/2024

The British Grand Prix will remain on the F1 calendar until 2034 inclusive following a ten-year extension with Silverstone and its owner the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC).

The new deal will see the Northamptonshire circuit race into its ninth decade having hosted the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1950.

Recent years have seen the British Grand Prix become one of the largest attended events on the F1 calendar. 2023 attracted some of the biggest names in sport, music and culture, as the race drew in a record crowd of 480,000 across the weekend with more than 60,000 fans camping in the local area. This year, fans will enjoy a weekend filled with great racing as well as off-track entertainment with concerts every evening on Silverstone's main stage headlined by music's biggest artists, including Stormzy and Kings of Leon.

The 3.6 mile (5.8km), 18-corner circuit has been revered by drivers through the ages. 74 years on from Giuseppe Farina's first victory, a roll call of Formula 1 royalty have taken the chequered flag including Alberto Ascari, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark OBE, Jack Brabham AO OBE, Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, and Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE, who has a record eight victories.

Three other members of the 2024 grid have claimed victory around the famous circuit including two-time winners Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso, and Carlos Sainz who took his maiden victory there in 2022.

Britain has always played a pivotal role in Formula 1 and today it is home to seven teams competing in the world championship, many located just a few miles from the circuit.

"I am delighted to announce that the British Grand Prix will remain on the calendar for ten more years with this agreement," said Stefano Domenicali. "Silverstone is an iconic venue at the heart of F1 history and as it approaches its ninth decade hosting Grands Prix, the event continues to attract fans from around the world for fantastic racing on track and the amazing fan experience off it. I would like to thank Peter Digby and the BRDC, as well as Stuart Pringle and the whole Silverstone team for their hard work and dedication to take the British Grand Prix to new heights and I look forward to working closely with them as they look to further improve the facilities and fan experience over the next ten years."

"I am delighted we have secured a ten-year extension to host the Grand Prix at Silverstone," added Peter Digby, Chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club. "This contractual security will provide a solid base for the further development of the venue as we continue to improve and transform the circuit into a year-round international motorsport and leisure destination. The 2024 Formula 1 season will start with 9 BRDC Full and Honorary members on the grid and the importance of our continued support of young drivers is particularly evidenced by the success of Lewis, Lando, George and Alex."

"This long-term commitment reflects the importance of the British Grand Prix to Formula 1 and their acknowledgement of our ability to deliver a world-class experience for the British fans who are among the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable in the world," said Stuart Pringle, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstone. "The cheers of support for the home teams, and particularly for the British drivers on the grid, makes the Silverstone atmosphere unique and I am looking forward to harnessing this passion for our sport and taking the event to the next level in the coming decade."

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1. Posted by RobertC, 18/02/2024 22:08

"Surely not "the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1950"! There were Formula 1 Grands Prix in 1948 and therules of Formula 1 were announced before that. Silverstone hosted the first Grand Prix of the Drivers World Championship in 1950. Let's get it right. Formula 1 and the Drivers Championship are not the same thing. After all, for two years, 1952 and 1953, the World Championship races were held under Formula 2."

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2. Posted by BrightonCorgi, 11/02/2024 13:53

"The whole UK motorsport industry would not stand for it. "

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3. Posted by kenji, 09/02/2024 7:21

"@ Trackrecords....How about I make your day really and truly memorable and tell you that I was a tender ,newly minted Aussie 21year old at the time of admission!!!. Have a rejuvenated day....."

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4. Posted by trackrecords, 09/02/2024 2:04

"Considering that the basic General admission has sold out already - bought-up by companies offering 'packages' no doubt - and all that's left available for Sunday admission costs 579 [!],
Plus, a 4-day weekend ticket is 419 - that appears to be a bargain seeing as gate prices for Thursday to Saturday total 398. Although, I certainly wouldn't want to be forking out 100 to be deafened by Thursday's dance music party, playing the sort of ephemeral music normally emanating from a Vauxhall Corsa most nights in your local supermarket car park.
Assuming that the Bernie formula for an incremental rising Holder's fee still exist, by 2034 will Sunday admission costs have exceeded 1000?
Also, kids of 3+ need a half-price ticket - most kids of 3 can't hold a conversation let alone appreciate a F1 race. So for 2024, 2 adults and 2 kids attending Thursday to Sunday would cost 1258!!! Add food costs, fuel accommodation and it would be more than 1500.
That's got to be out of most people's reach."

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5. Posted by trackrecords, 09/02/2024 1:01

"@ kenji You've made me feel a veritable youngster, if you were old-enough to remember a Silverstone GP in 1960. And I thought I'd seen a fair few circuit configurations..."

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6. Posted by kenji, 09/02/2024 0:50

"I forgot to add that it would've been a massive tragedy if Silverstone had of been dropped from the calendar. This is one of the very few 'best in the world' circuits. I also have a great personal affection for Silverstone as it was the very first truly European International GP that I attended in 1960. Watching Brabham was mighty along with Hill and McLaren. Silverstone is 'soul'."

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7. Posted by kenji, 08/02/2024 23:58

"Something of a rarity these days, when good news is actually 'good news'."

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8. Posted by Ricardo_sanchez, 08/02/2024 18:00

"In other news, the All England Club is to keep Wimbledon, Wentworth has retained the PGA Championship and Wembley is to host the FA cup final.
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