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The 2013 F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Posted by A FREITAS | 06.24.13

f1 british grand prixOne of the great British sporting events

The British Grand Prix is an institution on the sporting calendar of millions of sports fans, not just in the UK but across the world, and is right up there with Wimbledon, the Grand National and football at Wembley. The race has been held mostly at Silverstone in Northamptonshire since 1948, having previously been held at the Brooklands race track in Surrey in 1926 and 1927, as well as having had spells at Aintree and Brands Hatch.

But it is the village of Silverstone that will forever be synonymous with motor racing in the UK.

Today, the event has evolved into something bigger than could possibly have been imagined: a three day festival over one weekend, with numerous smaller races preceding the main show, the Grand Prix, on the Sunday.

Entertainment

For spectators, the event has become something of a festival. While the Grand Prix remains, of course, the main event, and is the reason fans pay upwards of £65 for a ticket, there is now much more to keep them entertained. This year, the event includes driving simulators, bands performing, a children’s photography competition and much more. As has become a tradition, the Red Arrows will be performing a flypast prior to the race – a British icon preceding a British icon.

But despite all this, all eyes will be on the tarmac for the race, which has grown each year: in 2012 organisers added two new grandstands, taking total capacity to a huge 315,000 fans.

Winners

Twelve Brits have won the British Grand Prix over the years, starting with Sterling Moss in 1955, and there is every chance we could see a British winner this year. Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are both amongst the racing elite, with Hamilton in particular a popular bet.

However, the favourites this year are, unsurprisingly, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso – who currently sit first and second in the Drivers’ Championship respectively. Vettel, who has won three of the seven races of the season so far, has odds as low as 7/4 with bookmakers.

Famous races

Silverstone is amongst the most famous racetracks in the world. From Jackie Stewart in the ‘70s to Nigel Mansell in the ‘80s, the circuit has seen some truly memorable events. And there’s no doubt the crowd on Sunday will be hoping for a belter of a race. There’s certainly potential for shock, upset and the occasional heart in mouth moment – with famous turns at Abbey, Arena, Brooklands and Luffield, every driver could be in with a shout of crossing the line first.

With the sad news that Murray Walker has been diagnosed with cancer last week, many armchair fans will be remembering his famous voice as they gear up for the race. And there’s no doubt that Walker, who had to cancel his plans to attend the race, will be watching on from his home – and hoping, like the rest of us, for a cracking race culminating in a British one-two. Well, we can dream…

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2013 CALENDAR

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FRI 28 JUN 2013

07:00   Gates Open  
07:00 18:30 Grandstands Open  
08:00 18:45 Silverstone TV on Air- all screens  
08:30 17:30 Arena E-Zone Opens  
09:00 09:45 Stage Activity  
10:00 11:30 FORMULA ONE FIRST PRACTICE SESSION
11:40 11:50 Stage Activity  
12:00 12:30 GP2 PRACTICE SESSION
12:35 13:45 Stage Activity  
14:00 15:30 FORMULA ONE SECOND PRACTICE SESSION
15:55 16:25 GP2 QUALIFYING SESSION
16:25 17:30 Soundchecks  
16:45 17:30 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup PRACTICE SESSION
17:30 18:00 Radio Silverstone Roadshow  
17:50 18:35 GP3 PRACTICE SESSION
18:00 20:00 Stage Activity Featuring The Gramotones and ‘K’
20:00   Venue Close

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SAT 29 JUN 2013

Start Finish    
06:00   Gates Open  
06:00 17:00 Grandstands Open  
08:00 17:15 Silverstone TV on Air – all screens  
09:00 17:30 Arena E-Zone Opens  
08:45 09:15 GP3 QUALIFYING SESSION
09:25 09:50 Stage Activity  
10:00 11:00 FORMULA ONE THIRD PRACTICE SESSION
11:25 11:55 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup QUALIFYING SESSION
12:00 12:50 Stage Activity  
13:00 14:00 FORMULA ONE QUALIFYING SESSION
14:15 14:30 Stage Activity  
14:30 15:30 Soundchecks  
14:40 15:45 GP2 FIRST RACE (29 laps or 60 mins)
15:55 16:10 Stage Activity  
16:10 16:45 Soundchecks  
16:20 16:55 GP3 FIRST RACE (15 laps or 30 mins)
17:00 17:30 Radio Silverstone Roadshow  
17:30 20:15 Stage Activity Featuring Stacey Jackson, Times Red and Billy Ocean
21:00   Venue Closes

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SUN 30 JUN 2013

Start Finish    
06:00   Gates Open  
06:00 16:00 Grandstands Open  
07:00 15:00 Silverstone TV on Air – all screens  
09:00   Arena E-Zone Opens  
08:25 09:00 GP3 SECOND RACE (15 laps or 30 mins)
09:00 09:15 Stage Activity  
09:35 10:25 GP2 SECOND RACE (21 laps or 45 mins)
10:30 10:40 Stage Activity  
10:45 11:20 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup RACE (12 laps or 30 mins)
11:30   FORMULA ONE DRIVERS TRACK PARADE
11:40 11:50 Stage Activity  
11:45 12:15 FORMULA ONE STARTING GRID PRESENTATION
12:00 12:24 AIR DISPLAY RED ARROWS
12:30   FORMULA ONE PIT LANE OPENS
12:45   FORMULA ONE CLOSED GRID FORMATION
12:46   FORMULA ONE NATIONAL ANTHEM BY HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL MARINES MARCHING BAND
13:00 15:00 FORMULA ONE RACE (52 LAPS OR 120 MINS)
15:30 18:00 Grand Prix Party starts on Arena E-Zone Stage Includes Alistair Griffin, Driver Appearances and Joseph Whelan
19:45   Venue Closes

 

 

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