British Grand Prix

Formula 1 is coming home this weekend with the famous British Grand Prix. Over the years Silverstone has been a happy hunting ground for British drivers, not least Lewis Hamilton who strives for a record-breaking ninth win.

Colin Chapman with British racing driver Graham Hill at the Silverstone Circuit, 1967. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Based from two clubhouses, 89 Pall Mall, London, and Woodcote Park, Surrey, it was the Royal Automobile Club that masterminded the first British Grand Prix. Held at Brooklands, Surrey in 1926, Frenchmen Robert Sénéchal and Louis Wagner celebrated a joint win.

Moving to Silverstone in 1948, it became an annual fixture, and ran as an official part of the FIA World Championship from 1950. The beginning of F1’s modern era, early championships were dictated by epic duels between Juan Manuel Fangio, and Stirling Moss. To spectators at Aintree, Liverpool, the track hosting the 1955 edition, it looked like Fangio may have let Moss win in front of his home crowd. Moss later asked Fangio "did you let me through?" and the Argentine replied "No. You were better than me that day."

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Freddie Anderson

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June 2022

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