Fernando Alonso at Silverstone: image credit

British Grand Prix 2014… all you need to know

It’s British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, so here’s all the information you’ll need to get the adrenaline pumping with The Crawley Down Group’s guide to the British GP on Sunday, July 6…

The Silverstone circuit

The Silverstone circuit

What and when

Here’s what’s happening and when…

Day 1: Thursday, July 3: Fans’ Thursday – pit lane walk
Fans’ Thursday is held on the July 3, just ahead of the British Grand Prix and is part of the celebrations of the 50th Grand Prix. For the first time at the British Grand Prix the Formula One pit lane will be open and the access is free to all three-day ticket holders. The pit lane walk gives you unique insight into the teams’ garages where preparation for the weekend ahead will take place.

10.00am-12.00pm The Pit Lane Walk
3.00pm-6.00mp The Pit Lane Walk
7.00pm- 7.30pm The Dexters performing on Arena E-Zone Stage.
8.00pm-9.30pm The Kaiser Chiefs Performing on Arena E-Zone Stage.

Ticket Prices:
Three Day Ticket: From £340
Where: Get tickets here

Kaiser Chiefs Performance: £45.00
Where: Get tickets here

Day 2: Friday July 4 – Vintage dress Friday and first practice
To celebrate its 50th Grand Prix, Silverstone has organised a Vintage attire competition from the 50s to 80s. Outfits must be posted to Twitter or Instagram before 12pm on Friday, July 4 – with the #silverstone50 tag. Judges will pick 20 finalists by 3:30pm on July 4, with winners invited to a drinks reception backstage. Five finalists will then be chosen (one from each decade, 50s, 60s, 70 and 80s) to have the chance of winning two grid passes for the 2014Formula One Santander British GP on July 6.

9.00am-6.00pm: 50th Anniversary Parade display opens
10.00am-11.30pm: F1 first practice session
12.00pm-12.45pm: GP2 practice session
1.05pm-1.15pm: Spitfire air display
2.00pm-3.30pm: F1 second practice session
3.55pm- 4.25pm: GP2 qualifying session
4.45pm-5.30pm: Porsche Mobil 1 Super cup practice session
5.50pm-6.35pm: GP3 practice session
6.45pm-7.45pm: Cheatles (Beatles Tribute) Performing

Ticket Prices:
General admission:
Adult: from £74.93 (16+)
Children: from £37.47
Where: Get tickets here

Fernando Alonso at Silverstone: image credit

Fernando Alonso at Silverstone: image credit

Day 3: Saturday 5th July- Practice/Qualifying

8.45am-9.15am: GP3 qualifying session
9.00am-6.00pm: 50th Anniversary parade display open
10.00am-11.00am: F1third practice session
11.25am-11.55am: Porsche Mobil 1 Super cup qualifying session
12.20pm-12.30pm: Spitfire air display
1.00pm-2.00pm: F1 qualifying session
2.40pm- 3.45pm: GP2 first race (29 laps or 60 mins)
4.20pm- 4.55pm: GP3 first race (15 laps or 30 mins)
5.00pm-7.30pm: Showing of the film ‘1-Life on the Limit’ on the Arena E-Zone stage
7.45pm-8.45pm: ABC performing on the Arena E-Zone stage

Ticket Prices:
General Admission:
Adult from £97.98 (16+)
Children from £48.99
Where: Get tickets here

Day 4: Sunday 6th July- Race

9.00am-6.00pm: 50th Anniversary Parade display opens
8.10am-8.45am: GP3 second race (15 laps or 30mins)
9.20am-10.10am: GP2 second race (21 laps or 45mins)
10.30am -11.05am: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race (13 laps or 30mins)
11.30am: F1 drivers track parade
11.45am-12.15pm: F1 starting grid presentation
12.30pm: F1 pit lane opens
12.45pm: F1 closed grid formation
12:46pm: F1 National Anthem by Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Marching Band
1.00pm-3.00pm: F1 GP (52 laps or 120 mins)

Ticket Price:
General Admission:
Adult: from £172.91
Children: from £ 86.46

Classic racing at Silverstone with Niki Lauda going through Maggotts Copse

Classic racing at Silverstone with Niki Lauda going through Maggotts Copse: image credit

50TH Grand Prix parade
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a 50th Grand Prix parade to celebrate Silverstone’s half century of races

The parade will include:
Sir Jackie Stewart, driving his 1969 British Grand Prix-winning Matra MS80
Rubens Barrichello, driving the Williams FW07b,
David Brabham, driving his late father’s 1960 British Grand Prix-winning Cooper Climax T53
Dario Franchitti in Jim Clark’s 1963 British Grand Prix-winning Lotus 25
Adrian Newey who will drive Ronnie Peterson’s March 711

Friday: 12.50pm-1.05pm
Saturday: 12.05pm-12.20pm
Sunday: 11.10am-11.25am

Take the hot seat
If the British GP has got your right foot twitching, then why not experience some high-octane anarchy with a single-seater experience at one of the UK’s top racing circuits? Here are a few on offer…

Single-seater experience at Silverstone

Single-seater experience at Silverstone

Ultimate single seater driving at Silverstone- Weekends
Just be warned – once you experience the high-speed performance combined with point-and-shoot steering, you’ll want to come back on a weekly basis.

How much: £175
Where: Northamptonshire (Midlands) – Silverstone Circuit
Schedule of Experience:

  • 30 minutes: Briefing on circuit driving techniques
  • 20 minutes: First driving session (pace car)
  • 20 minutes: Second driving session (without pace car)
  • 15 minutes: Debrief

The total duration of the experience is 2 hours.
More info

F200 Single Seater Drive at Goodwood Motor Circuit
Hit this legendary circuit in a Formula Ford 2000 single-seat racer, as you undertake and practice laps while learning racing lines and the techniques that’ll keep you gripped to the road.
How much: £159
Where: Goodwood, Chichester, West Sussex
Schedule of Experience:

  • Welcome, introduction and briefing on circuit driving techniques
  • Familiarisation laps in training car with a professional race driver / instructor
  • Drive course car with the instructor as passenger
  • 4 laps driving a Formula Ford 2000 single-seater racing car
  • Individual driving assessment and certificate
  • The experience lasts one hour.

More info

Brands Hatch/Oulton Park Single Seater Driving Experience
Race Master gets you as close to the F1 dream without having the surname ‘Button’ as you hit the track in the mighty BMW M3 and a high-performance single-seater race car. Choose from two world-famous venues: Brands Hatch or Oulton Park.
How much: £185
Where: Brands Hatch Circuit
Kent DA3 8NG
Oulton Park Circuit
Little Budworth,
Cheshire CW6 9BW
Schedule of Experience:
Hit the track in a powerful BMW M3 and high downforce F1-style single seater as you attempt to tame one of these world famous racing circuits! Paired with a professional racing driver, you will first be strapped into the ferocious BMW M3, capable of 0-60mph in 4.5seconds and shown how to harness the immense power its V8 engine produces. You will then be strapped into an exhilarating single-seater racing car and set a sequence of solo flying laps!
More info

 By Hannah Dunn

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