Why watch Formula One at Silverstone?
For many of the race teams, the Silverstone Grand Prix weekend is their 'home race'. Mercedes-AMG is based at Brackley, Red Bull is at Milton Keynes, whilst Williams is in Oxfordshire - at Grove. Of course, Force India is based opposite the circuit entrance, so it's just a short walk for team personnel to attend the race! Renault are another in Oxfordshire, with McLaren located just outside of Woking - little more than an hour away. Even the American team Haas has a European base around 30 minutes from the circuit.
All of these 'home' teams means a lot of home support, and the British Grand Prix is one of the best attended around the world with all 3 days normally sold out.
Silverstone has also been on the calendar longer than any other race in Formula One history, having recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the British Grand Prix. The maiden F1 World Championship race was held in 1950. Whilst the circuit doesn't hold the record for the most number of races (that's Monza, followed by Monaco - due to race being shared initially with Aintree and then Brands Hatch until the 1980s) it sits in 3rd for the overall number of F1 races held.
The former airfield circuit is also very popular with the drivers, its fast sweeping bends providing a challenge of both man and machine. Whilst sections of track have changed over the years, the feeling of an old-fashioned perimeter road remains. Many corner names hark back to the circuit's former use (Wellington & Hanger straights) and local landmarks such as Stowe, Luffield, Abbey (actually Luffield Abbey - the remnants of which were found on the circuits' land) and Chapel, together with references to other UK circuits such as Aintree and Brooklands.
2019 may also be the final F1 British Grand Prix, unless a new deal is struck between the circuit's owners - the British Race Drivers Club - and Formula One's management.