British Grand Prix guide: What time does it start, TV channel, odds, predictions & track guide

Lewis Hamilton is bidding to make history at the British Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton is bidding to make history at the British Grand Prix

All the key details ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, including the full weekend race schedule, start times and TV coverage, a track guide and latest odds.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to make it a record sixth victory on his home circuit - and a fifth triumph in his last six outings at Silverstone - as the Briton looks to keep his place at the top of the standings.

The defending drivers' champion is currently level with Jim Clark and Alain Prost as the joint most successful drivers in the world's oldest Formula One race, so taking the chequered flag on Sunday will see him further consolidate his legendary status in the sport.

Sebastian Vettel finished first last year but he's once triumphed once since then - at the Belgian Grand Prix in August - and is desperate need of a first victory in 2019 to boost his fading title chances.

Below we have the full weekend schedule, a track guide and the latest odds plus past winners, a trip down memory lane of five British GP classics and the latest standings.

British Grand Prix: Weekend schedule & TV guide

Friday July 12

  • Practice 1: 1000-1130 BST
  • Practice 2: 1400-1530 BST

Saturday July 13

  • Practice 3: 1100-1200 BST
  • Qualifying: 1400-1500 BST

Sunday July 14

  • Race: 1410 BST

TV coverage

Sky Sports F1 and Channel 4 will be broadcasting the race and all the other sessions live. 

British Grand Prix: Sky Bet odds

Sky Bet have Lewis Hamilton as their clear favourite to win at 8/11 followed by team-mate Valtteri Bottas (9/2), with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc (5/1) next in the betting.

Sebastian Vettel follows at 11/2, with Max Verstappen the only other realistic contender at 8/1. It's 500/1 bar those five.

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F1 Insider tips

  • Lewis Hamilton to win the British GP

Hamilton's troubled run to fifth place in the Austrian Grand Prix can safely be cast aside as an outlier. Cooling issues with the Mercedes consigned him and team-mate Valtteri Bottas to roles as also-rans, but breezy Silverstone should be a different prospect for the dominant duo. Hamilton's results since his home race last season comprise 14 wins, four second places, a third, a fourth and a fifth, so slight odds-on for a event in which he has excelled over the years looks a solid investment. A sixth home win would see him move ahead of the legendary Jim Clark into history-making territory and the stars are aligned for the championship leader to hammer home his superiority.

  • Pierre Gasly to set fastest lap

Gasly has two fastest laps to his credit already this season and will be favourite for the accolade again if he can qualify his Red Bull ahead of the midfield runners on Saturday. The Frenchman has been an inconsistent presence in what Max Verstappen proved was race-winning machinery in Austria, but Silverstone shouldn't pose the Frenchman too many problems. P6 on the grid should translate to a comfortable margin over the McLarens and Renaults by the time the chequered flag approaches, giving Gasly the gap to pit for fresh rubber and deliver a championship point for fastest race lap.

British Grand Prix: Track guide

  • Venue: Silverstone
  • Circuit length: 5.891 km (3.660 mi)
  • Race distance: 306.198 km (190.263 mi)
  • Laps: 52
  • Turns: 18 (10 right, 8 left)
  • 2018 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  • 2018 pole position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  • 2018 fastest race lap: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

British Grand Prix: Last five podiums

2018

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2017

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2016

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

2015

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
  3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2014

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  2. Valterri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes)
  3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

Multiple British Grand Prix winners

Five

  • Jim Clark: 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
  • Alain Prost: 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993
  • Lewis Hamilton: 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Four

  • Nigel Mansell 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992

Three

  • Jack Brabham 1959, 1960, 1966
  • Niki Lauda 1976, 1982, 1984
  • Michael Schumacher 1998, 2002, 2004

Two

  • Jose Froilan Gonzalez - 1951, 1954
  • Alberto Ascari - 1952, 1953
  • Stirling Moss - 1955, 1957
  • Jackie Stewart - 1969, 1971
  • Emerson Fittipaldi - 1972, 1975
  • Jacques Villeneuve - 1996, 1997
  • David Coulthard - 1999, 2000
  • Fernando Alonso - 2006, 2011
  • Sebastian Vettel - 2009, 2018
  • Mark Webber - 2010, 2012

British Grand Prix Classics

1987

Nigel Mansell was forced to pit for a new set of tyres after reporting vibrations on his Williams. With 30 laps remaining he was the best part of half a minute behind his team-mate and fierce rival Nelson Piquet. The chase appeared impossible but, spurred on by his home crowd, Mansell smashed the lap record on nine occasions before catching and passing Piquet after an exquisite move at Stowe with only two laps left. The home crowd were euphoric and Mansell responded by leaping out of his Williams and kissing the tarmac.

1994

Michael Schumacher illegally overtook pole-sitter Damon Hill on the parade lap and was ordered to serve a stop-and-go penalty. A black flag was issued which should have resulted in Schumacher's instant disqualification. But the German kept going and eventually opted to pull into the pits on lap 27 to serve his earlier stop-and-go punishment. Hill went on to claim a crucial victory and was presented with the winner's trophy by Princess Diana. Schumacher finished second, but he was later disqualified for ignoring the black flag and subsequently handed a two-race ban.

1998

Schumacher was at the centre of controversy again four years later after winning the race while stationary in the pit-lane. Mika Hakkinen had led from the start, but as the rain fell and conditions deteriorated, the Finn lost control of his McLaren and spun. The safety car was deployed, and while Hakkinen remained in the race, he had sustained damage to his front wing. His 40-second lead was wiped out and Schumacher looked odds-on to win. The German, however, had illegally passed Alexander Wurz under a yellow flag, which should have resulted in a stop-and-go penalty. But the haphazard stewards only announced his punishment with two laps left. Schumacher entered the pits to serve his penalty, but had already crossed the start-finish line and won the race. The bizarre result stood despite McLaren's protests.

2003

Rubens Barrichello claimed the greatest victory of his career in an all-time F1 classic. The Ferrari driver started from pole but slipped to eighth after a safety car was deployed when a protester stormed the track along the 200mph Hangar Straight. But Barrichello carved his way back through the field before executing a wonderful move on McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen on lap 42 to claim the lead, and ultimately, the race victory.

2008

Lewis Hamilton arrived at his home race fourth in the drivers' standings but left on top after storming to victory in one of his outstanding performances. In torrential rain, Hamilton blitzed the field, finishing the race almost 70 seconds ahead of second-placed Nick Heidfeld and lapped the entire pack up to third.

Formula One Driver Standings

After Austrian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 197
  • Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 166
  • Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 126
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 123
  • Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) - 105
  • Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) - 43
  • Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren) - 30
  • Lando Norris (McLaren) - 22
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing) - 21
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) - 16
  • Nico Hulkenburg (Renault) - 16
  • Kevin Magnussen (Haas) - 14
  • Sergio Perez (Racing Point) - 13
  • Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) - 10
  • Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) - 7
  • Lance Stroll (Racing Point) - 6
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 2
  • Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing) - 1
  • George Russell (Williams) - 0
  • Robert Kubica (Williams) - 0

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