Silverstone in profile
Last Updated: 22/06/20 1:14pm
The home of British motorsport, the Northamptonshire-based Silverstone circuit, which was used during World War Two as a bomber station, hosted the first ever round of the World Championship in 1950 and has been the permanent host of the British GP since the late 1980s.
And although its position on the calendar had seemed precarious, a new five-year contract was agreed last year.
Silverstone is often hailed by drivers as their favourite track of the year, with its sweeping corners and old-school design - although the new 'Arena' section of the track has received mixed reviews.
The old Abbey chicane was one of the best overtaking spots on the track, whilst the sight of cars darting under the bridge and taking a flat-out right-hander as they entered the complex was arguably the highlight of any visit.
Even with DRS on the now-used National Straight, Brooklands is not a natural overtaking spot. But while decommissioning one of the best sections of the track was undoubtedly a shame, an equally-pertinent retort, however, is that it's small price to pay for Silverstone's long-term participation in F1.
The race had already long secured its place as of the most prized assets on the F1 calendar. The kind of passion generated by the loyal and knowledgeable British fan base, and the rich history attached to the event, are assets that some of the sport's newer venues would dearly love to recreate.
The 22 British GP takes place on July 19.