The 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand prix kicks off on Friday 28th June and promises to be a knockout weekend for any Grand prix fan, culminating in the race on Sunday 30th. Silverstone is considered by many to be the home of motor racing and with a history going back to when it was turned from an airfield to a motor racing circuit shortly after the Second World War this is hardly surprising. It has seen all the British greats race there – Graham Hill, Jack Brabham, Nigel Mansell, David Coulthard to name a few – as well as some of the ‘foreigners’ whom Silverstone took to its heart, from the first ever winner Guiseppe Farina through Alain Prost to this century’s Mika Hakkinen.
If you are planning on driving to Silverstone make sure your car insurance is up to date because the excitement of an F1 race can lead to some overzealous driving. Companies like Express Insurance offer cheap UK car insurance and could save you money in the long run.
The British Grand Prix Circuit at Silverstone is 5.9 km (3.667 miles) long and the full race consists of 52 laps. Each lap contains 18 turns and until this year – and wouldn’t it be exciting to see a new record set! – the lap record belongs to Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, with a time of 1 minute 30.874 seconds. Last year’s winner was Mark Webber of Australia, driving for Red Bull-Renault, with a time of 1h 25m 11.288s. Fernando Alonso came second, having begun the race at pole position. Rankings this year, prior to the Canadian Grand Prix, have Webber at five and Alonso at three, sandwiching Lewis Hamilton at four, so it looks as though the 2013 Santander British Grand Prix will be an exciting race.
The standings are looking good for British drivers, with three of them in the top ten – better than any other country. Lewis Hamilton is fourth, driving for Mercedes, behind Kimi Raikkonen of Finland, driving for Lotus and Fernando Alonso of Spain, driving for Ferrari. Other Brits in the rankings are Paul de Resta, driving for Force India at Number 8 and Jenson Button, for McLaren at ten. Race goers are promised an excellent weekend of practices and races, with the Grand Prix itself beginning at one o’clock on Sunday afternoon.
Silverstone is a great family day out and is easy to get to from either the M1 or the M40 as well as by many coach and cab firms. Unlike many sporting events, the signage is excellent and from many junctions away on both motorways in either direction, you will be kept updated on times to your turn and how to proceed from the motorway. London all-in train tickets are a popular option as you have all the planning done for you and family tickets give excellent value for money. Once you are at the event you will find lots to entertain you when you are not watching the cars, with no less than fifteen brand new eating options for 2013, from wraps and coffee to artisan pizzas and burritos.
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