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The British Grand Prix - did you know? 26 Jun 2013

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2012 Stirling Moss (number 12), Juan Manuel Fangio (both Mercedes-Benz W196) and Jean Behra (Maserati 250F) lead Karl Kling (number 14) and Piero Taruffi at the start of the 1955 British Grand Prix at Aintree 1950 British Grand Prix. Silverstone, Great Britain. 13th May 1950. King George VI meets the drivers, including a young Stirling Moss in the foreground. Nelson Piquet (BRA) Williams FW11 on pole for the start of the race. British GP, Brands Hatch, 13th July 1986 Damon Hill (GBR) Williams FW16 celebrates his win. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 10 July 1994. World © Sutton Race winner Jose Froilan Gonzalez (Ferrari) is embraced following his and Ferrari's first Grand Prix win. 1951 British Grand Prix, Silverstone. Race winner Carlos Reutemann (ARG) Ferrari 312T3. British Grand Prix, Rd 10, Brands Hatch, England, 16 July 1978. Clay Regazzoni (Williams FW07) crosses the line to claim the first Grand Prix victory for the Williams team. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 14 July 1979 Race winner Jim Clark (GBR) Lotus 25. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 20 July 1963 Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2012 Johnny Herbert (GBR) Benetton B195, takes his first GP victory. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 16th July 1995. World © Sutton 
Race winner Nigel Mansell (GBR) Williams FW14 carries back to the pits fourth place finisher Ayrton Senna (BRA) McLaren, who ran out of fuel on the final lap. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England, 14 July 1991 The start of the 1985 British Grand Prix at Silverstone - Nelson Piquet in the Brabham BMW BT54 starts from second on the grid behind Keke Rosberg's Williams and goes on to finish fourth Emerson Fittipaldi (BRA) McLaren M23 took his fourteenth and final GP victory in a race shortened by rain. British Grand Prix, Silverstone, 19 July 1975 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 8 July 2007

Great Britain is one of only two countries (the other being Italy) to have been on the Formula One calendar every year since the world championship began back in 1950. As Silverstone prepares to play host to the 64th running of the race this weekend with the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix, we compile all the essential facts and figures…

• Three venues have hosted the British Grand Prix - Silverstone (46 times), Brands Hatch (12 times) and Aintree (five times). Another circuit - Donington - has also hosted a world championship race in Britain, but it was the European Grand Prix in 1993. Silverstone has been the only circuit to stage the British Grand Prix since 1986.

• 142 British drivers have started a world championship Grand Prix - more than any other country (if you ignore the large number of American drivers who competed only in the Indianapolis 500 when it was a world championship event between 1950 and 1960).

• The victor of the first world championship British Grand Prix (held at Silverstone in 1950) was Giuseppe Farina for Alfa Romeo. Watching Farina’s victory from the sidelines were King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. It remains the only time a reigning British monarch has attended the race, which was also given the prestigious ‘Grand Prix of Europe’ title.

• British drivers have won the British Grand Prix 16 times. The first to take victory in his home race was Stirling Moss for Mercedes in 1955. Eleven other Brits have emulated Moss, including:
- Tony Brooks in ‘57 (sharing with Moss)
- Peter Collins in ‘58 (the first Brit to win at Silverstone)
- Jim Clark, who won four consecutively from ‘62 to ‘65, plus the 1967 edition
- Jackie Stewart in ‘69 and ‘71
- James Hunt in ‘77
- John Watson in ‘81
- Nigel Mansell in ’86, ‘87, ‘91 and ‘92
- Damon Hill in ‘94
- Johnny Herbert in ‘95
- David Coulthard in ‘99 and ‘00
- Lewis Hamilton in ‘08

• Ferrari took their first ever Formula One world championship victory at Silverstone in 1951, with Jose Froilan Gonzalez at the wheel. They then dominated the event for the next three years with Ascari recording two victories (in 1952 and ’53) and Gonzalez a further one (in 1954). After such a start, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Scuderia have won the race more times than any other team - 16 times in total. McLaren are next up with 14 wins, but it’s Red Bull who have set the pace in recent years, winning three of the last four races at Silverstone.

• At 5.891 kilometres, the current track is the 2nd longest on the calendar, behind only Spa in Belgium which is 7.004 kilometres. Drivers completing the 52 lap race will cover 306.198 kilometres.

• In the 63 previous British Grands Prix, the pole sitter has been victorious only 24 times. The lowest any winner has started on the grid is 8th - that was Ferrari’s Carlos Reutemann in 1978.

• Pirelli will take part in their 250th Formula One event at Silverstone. Appropriately their first was also at Silverstone - the very first world championship Grand Prix in 1950, a race which they won with Alfa Romeo’s Nino Farina. Of course, unlike in 1950 when there were numerous tyre suppliers, Pirelli are guaranteed victory this year…

• At Silverstone this weekend Williams will be celebrating 600 race starts, although technically they say their 600th start will be at the next round in Germany. According to Sir Frank Williams, 78 teams have come and gone or changed ownership since Williams were founded in 1977. Williams have won the British Grand Prix 10 times.

• Jim Clark and Alain Prost share the record for most British Grand Prix wins with five apiece. Clark won an unprecedented four consecutive British races from pole between 1962 and 1965, before adding a further win in 1967. Only Ayrton Senna has won the same Grand Prix more times consecutively - he won in Monaco five years in a row between 1989 and 1993.

• Clark’s tally of 365 laps in the lead of races in Britain is still a record today.

• Amazingly, for three consecutive years (’63, ’64 and ’65) the podium was filled by the same three British drivers - Clark, Graham Hill and John Surtees. In fact, in 1965 the first five drivers home were all British (Mike Spence and Jackie Stewart were the other two).

• Of the current grid, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber have both won the British Grand Prix twice, whilst Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel each have a single British victory to their names. Raikkonen and Alonso have both stood on the podium at Silverstone five times - only two off Alain Prost’s and Michael Schumacher’s joint British Grand Prix podium record of seven.

• 8 of the 11 Formula One teams are based in Britain and all are within a 160-kilometre radius of Silverstone. Force India - whose factory is in Silverstone - are based the closest to the circuit, McLaren - in Woking - are the furthest away.

• Aside from staging the first Formula One world championship round in 1950, the British Grand Prix has played host to a number of other milestones:

- Several drivers and teams scored their maiden wins in Britain: Nino Farina and Alfa Romeo (1950), Jose Froilan Gonzalez and Ferrari (1951), Stirling Moss (1955), Tony Brooks and Vanwall (1957), Jo Siffert (1968), Peter Revson (1973), the Williams team (1979), and Johnny Herbert (1995).

- Riccardo Patrese started his 200th Formula One race at Silverstone in 1990. Michele Alboreto started his 150th race at the same venue the following year, whilst Jack Brabham, Jean-Pierre Jarier and Eddie Irvine all made their 100th starts in British Grands Prix (in 1968, 1981 and 2000 respectively).

- A number of drivers scored their first pole position in Britain: Nino Farina (1950), Jose Froilan Gonzalez (1951), Stirling Moss (1955), Jack Brabham (1959), Tom Pryce (1975), Alan Jones (1979), Keke Rosberg (1982), and Heikki Kovalainen (2008).

- Alain Prost won his 50th Grand Prix in Britain in 1993

• Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen holds the lap record for Silverstone in its current configuration - 1m 34.661s set last year.

• Jenson Button has appeared in more British Grands Prix than any other current driver - 13 in total - but he has never stood on the podium.

• Nigel Mansell had an incredible fastest lap record in Britain - the moustachioed racer took fastest lap in 7 of the 11 British Grands Prix he started.

• Almost 300,000 fans attended the British Grand Prix in 2012 - 80,000 on the Friday, 90,000 on the Saturday and 127,000 on the Sunday.

• 6,000 bottles of Champagne, 10,000 bottles of wine and 20,000 bottles of mineral water were consumed at the 2012 British Grand Prix

• Five drivers have won the British Grand Prix by a lap or more over their nearest rival - Alberto Ascari in 1952, Juan Manuel Fangio in 1956, Jackie Stewart in 1969, Emerson Fittipaldi in 1975 and Alain Prost in 1985. The smallest winning margin in British Grand Prix history came in 1955 when Stirling Moss crossed the line 0.2 seconds ahead of Mercedes team mate Juan Manuel Fangio at Aintree.

• If Ferrari finish in the top ten at Silverstone this weekend it will be their 56th consecutive race in the points, edging them ever closer to McLaren’s record. The British team’s 64-race run finally came to an end at the last round in Canada after Sergio Perez and Jenson Button could only manage 11th and 12th places respectively.

• And finally, Kimi Raikkonen matched Michael Schumacher’s record of 24 consecutive races in the points in Canada by claiming ninth position. If he scores points in Britain, the record he’s pursued since Bahrain last year will be exclusively his. Remember, Kimi has won at Silverstone before - in 2007.

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