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Race information - Britain 2014 // Dates, times, weather and more for the weekend in Silverstone

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F1 returns to one of its historic venues, as Silverstone plays proud host to the ninth round of the 2014 season. The Northamptonshire track's 48th championship race will be held this weekend, in the depths of the British countryside, meaning weather will play a large part in proceedings. The lush green surroundings should see some fast racing, a titanic battle for the win, and plenty of packed grandstands. Many drivers and teams are located close to the track, meaning the pressure is on to do well in front of fanatical home crowds.

Event schedule

The might of Mercedes has been rocked just a little over the past couple of race weekends. Canada was the first time they've been beaten to a win this year, whilst Austria saw both drivers outqualified by Williams. The Silverstone track is a little different to those that have gone before, faster, more challenging, and likely to play back into the hands of the Silver Arrows.

Nevertheless, there's plenty to look out for as the fight between Hamilton and Rosberg hots up, the Red Bull pair try and hold on to third, Ferrari keep a lid on their growing frustrations, and the midfield entertains with a huge battle for points. Towards the back, Caterham will be recovering from the news they've been sold by Tony Fernandes to a mysterious consortium of owners, which will likely give Marussia yet more of a boost. It's all to play for as the gates open for the Silverstone weekend.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
04 JulFridayFree Practice 110:00
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10:00
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Free Practice 214:00
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14:00
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05 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:00
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10:00
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Qualifying13:00
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13:00
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06 JulSundayGrand Prix13:00
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13:00
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Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3 and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

Expected conditions

The long range weather forecasts aren't to be trusted when it comes to British summertime, but so far, those that have made the predictions suggest it will be sunny on Friday for practice, and then the rain will set in over the weekend for the sessions that really matter. When it comes to wet weather at Silverstone, drivers are used to driving in those conditions, but if it is changeable, that's when things can get tricky.

Mostly sunny and pleasant

Silverstone, Friday

23℃

  • Low 15℃
  • Humidity 60%

Mostly sunny and pleasant

Chance of rain

Silverstone, Saturday

21℃

  • Low 10℃
  • Humidity 62%

Chance of rain

Scattered showers

Silverstone, Sunday

20℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 59%

Scattered showers

Track information

Silverstone Circuit circuit map
DRS zones
DRS detection 125m before turn 3
DRS activation 130m after turn 5
DRS detection 2At turn 11
DRS activation 255m after turn 14

Once the future of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone was secured, upgrades to the track and the surrounding facilities were completed to help bring it into the modern era. Despite the shiny new buildings, there's still a rural feeling about the track, however. There have been traffic problems that marred previous races, but those that get to see the races tend to enjoy what they offer.

The high speed nature of the circuit has been tamed a little by the new Arena section but there's still enough of the original to keep the adrenaline levels high. With infamous corners such as Maggots and Beckets and Stowe, as well as the Wellington and Hangar straights, there's enough to challenge the drivers and cheer up the fans.

Circuit history

Circuit information
CircuitSilverstone Circuit
LocationSilverstone
CountryUnited Kingdom
TimezoneGMT +00:00
Race debut1950
Laps52
Length5.891 km
Distance306.198 km
Line offset0.134 km

Jenson Button is the most experienced driver in F1, and has 13 Silverstone races under his belt. In spite of his many attempts, Button has never managed to finish on the podium, with his best result a couple of fourth places. Nico Rosberg won the race in 2013, which will give him confidence for the battle ahead, but teammate Lewis Hamilton will want to impress at his home track.

McLaren and Ferrari both have a good history at the circuit, although neither will be expecting to get a victory this weekend. McLaren haven't won at Silverstone since Lewis Hamilton took victory in his championship-winning year of 2008.

Results for the 2013 British Grand Prix
SessionDriverTeamTime
Free Practice 1Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:54.249
Free Practice 2Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.248
Free Practice 3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:31.487
QualifyingLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:29.607
Grand PrixNico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32:59.456
Fastest lapMark WebberInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:33.401

Tyre compounds

British Grand Prix tyre selection
Hard and medium compounds

This weekend Pirelli have chosen the hard and medium tyres to be able to deal with the demands of the Silverstone track - high speeds and heavy loads through the corners. We're also likely to see the wet tyres at some point during the course of the sessions, with the green sidewalls on the intermediates and blue paint for the full wets.

British fans are among the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic of the year: it’s absolutely fantastic to see them out in full force, whatever the weather. And the weather is always a talking point in Silverstone of course; in the past we’ve seen everything from bright sunshine to torrential rain. As a result, the ability to make quick strategy decisions based on real-time conditions is always very important, as you can’t necessarily rely on previous data.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayAttendeeRepresenting
ThursdayValtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing
Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes
Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team
Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso
Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing
FridayGerry Hughes
James KeyScuderia Toro Rosso
Jonathan NealeMcLaren Mercedes
Adrian NeweyInfiniti Red Bull Racing
Pat SymondsWilliams Martini Racing
Rob WhiteRenault Sport Technologies
SaturdayThree fastest drivers
SundayFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process includes a former F1 driver to offer added insight. These stewards are overseeing the weekend's action.

FIA stewards
NamePosition
Gerd EnnserMember of the DSMB's Executive Committee for Automobile Sport, and a Formula One and DTM steward.
Nigel MansellFormula One World Champion 1992, CART Champion 1993, Le Mans driver and President of the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Tim MayerFIA alternate delegate to the USA and FIA Steward, son of former McLaren Team Principal Teddy Mayer, plus involvement in management of IndyCar and CART.

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