British Grand Prix 2010. What is it?

The British Grand Prix 2010 is one of a number of motor races that make up the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Formula 1 is an international competition held each year. The teams, drivers, officials, and fans travel around the world racing at historic race tracks and flashy new venues to see who’s the best team and driver in the world in a single seater sports car. It’s the jewel in the crown of the FIA’s many championships. (The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile is the governing body for all international four-wheel motor sport.)

The high levels of kudos and money involved in F1 attract very talented people to the sport. It’s not only a race between drivers but it’s a race between teams. F1 is famous for the technical excellence and innovation of the engineers who design and build the cars (many inventions seen on our road cars were invented by F1 race engineers battling to win world championships). The best teams are run by excellent strategists and leaders. The best racing drivers in the world want to be on the list of F1 world champions.

It’s a historic sport that dates back to the French ‘grand prix’ where people raced from town to town in automobiles to show who was the best driver and car manufacturer. The first official Formula 1 grand prix was held at the Silverstone circuit in England in 1950 although grand prix were taking place as far back as the 1800s. There are a number of circuits that are much loved by F1 as they are filled with motor racing history. There are also a number of new venues, like Abu Dhabi, as countries build flash new circuits to attract the F1 circus and the fans to visit and spend money.

List of grand prix for 2010 championship:

Bahrain, Australia, Malaysia, China, Spain, Monaco, Turkey, Canada, Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Japan, Korean, Brazil, Abu Dhabi.

List of teams for 2010:

McLaren, Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams, Renault, Force India, Toro Rosso, Lotus, Hispania Racing, Sauber, Virgin.

The British grand prix (GP) is held half way through the season this year at the Silverstone circuit, 60 years after the first ever F1 GP was held there. Silverstone is an old World War II airfield. Racing began there when some locals wanted to race their cars on the old abandoned airstrips. Many drivers say Silverstone is a special circuit.

Not only is it apparently great fun to drive but the race attracts a big crowd and the atmosphere is particularly magical and this year we were there for all 3 days of it!

Friday – Free practice

Saturday – Qualifying

Sunday – The race

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6 thoughts on “British Grand Prix 2010. What is it?

  1. Great stuff. First true ‘Grand Prix’ is generally regarded as being the French GP of 1906. The great inter-city races preceded that. The first international competitions on closed circuits, which also preceded Grands Prix, were the Gordon Bennett races.

  2. Incidentally. You definitely attended the British GP of 1978 at Brands Hatch, complete with Mr Ted. There is a picture in my British GP 1978 album on Facebook.

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