Countdown to British Grand Prix as Silverstone celebrates 50 years

Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by Tim Brown

The 2014 British Grand Prix taking place from 3-6th of July is the 50th to be held at Silverstone since Luigi Villoresi won the first-ever event on 2 October 1948, two years before the inauguration of the FIA F1 world championship in 1950.

To mark the occasion, Silverstone has released an infographic showing the history of the circuit.

The Silverstone 50th anniversary infographic
The Silverstone 50th anniversary infographic

In a weekend of celebrations, this year’s British Grand Prix, will also mark the first woman to take to the track on race weekend in 22 years.

As a Formula 1 development driver for Williams Martini Racing, Susie Wolff won’t actually compete in the race but will test drive the cars on the track to iron out any tweaks to give her team the best chance of winning.

“I’m very excited, it’s a massive opportunity for me and one that I’ve worked long and hard to get,” says Susie.

“I’m proud to be part of Williams, it’s an iconic British team with a lot of heritage in the sport. So to take part in the British Grand Prix as a British driver is very special, especially as it’s Silverstone’s 50th birthday.” Making it in Formula 1 is tough even with the talent and ruthless ambition of the champion drivers. To make it as a woman is almost impossible.

In 64 years just five have made the cut compared with 822 men. In total those women have made it on to the starting grid just 15 times.

For a full history of racing at Silverstone visit: