A look back at the British Grand Prix: 2000-2016

The coming weekend marks yet another Silverstone-based British Grand Prix, so I decided to have a look back at all the British Grand Prix’s from the beginning of the century- starting with the year 2000.

2000:

Unlike today, the 2000 British Grand Prix was held in April, April 23rd to be exact, and was the fourth race of the Formula 1 season at the time. The race was won by McLaren driver David Coulthard, who started from fourth place on the grid. In second was Coulthard’s teammate Mika Haikkinen, and Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher finished third.

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The constructors at the time were: McLaren, Ferrari, Jordan, Jaguar, Williams, Benetton, Prost, Sauber, Arrows, Minardi and BAR. The tyre supplier at the time was Bridgestone, and they brought 4 different compounds to the event.

The man who qualified on pole position: Rubens Barrichello- finished the race in retirement following a hydraulics problem.

‘It’s a fantastic feeling to win in front of my home crowd for the second time in a row. My engineers and mechanics did a fantastic job and I would really like to thank them for all their effort and support. I managed to overtake Rubens just before my one and only pitstop. That left me with quite some time to think about what it would feel like to win. I had a gearbox problem approximately 15 laps from the end, which meant that I wasn’t able to take things easy. The car felt good and I’m pleased that my challenge for the Championship has begun.’

– David Coulthard, after the race.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 34 points

02) David Coulthard – McLaren Mercedes – 14 points

03) Mika Haikkinen – McLaren Mercedes – 12 points

04) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 9 points

05) Ralf Schumacher – Williams BMW – 9 points

2001:

The 2001 British Grand Prix was held on 15th July, and was the eleventh race of the Formula 1 season that year. The race was won by Finnish driver Mika Haikkinen for McLaren-Mercedes, who managed to overtake pole-sitter Michael Schumacher for the win. It was Haikkinen’s first win of the season. Ferrari’s Schumacher finished behind Haikkinen in second, whilst Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello finished in third place.

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There were a total of 5 drivers who retired during the race- Jordan’s Jarno Trulli, McLaren’s David Coulthard, BAR’s Luciano Burti, his team-mate Olivier Panis and Williams’ Ralf Schumacher. Minardi-European’s Tarso Marques was the first DNQ, or ‘did not qualify’, of the season. It was also the final race of Heinz-Harald Frentzen for Jordan, as he was sacked afterwards following a disappointing season, and was forced to sit out of the following German Grand Prix.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 84 points

02) David Coulthard – McLaren Mercedes – 47 points

03) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 34 points

04) Ralf Schumacher – Williams BMW – 31 points

05) Mika Haikkinen – McLaren Mercedes – 19 points

2002:

The 2002 British Grand Prix was held on 7th July, and was the tenth race of the season. Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher won the race, with teammate Rubens Barrichello coming in second and Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya finishing 3rd.

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There was a large total of 9 retirements during the race, and one DNQ, Alex Yoong of Minardi-Asiatech. The retirements were: Jordan’s Takuma Sato due to engine problems, McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen also due to engine problems, Renault’s Jarno Trulli due to an electronic issue, Arrows-Cosworth’s Enrique Bernoldi due to a driveshaft problem, Jaguar’s Eddie Irvine due to a spin, Arrows-Cosworth’s Heinz-Harald Frentzen due to engine problems, Toyota’s Mika Salo due to a drivetrain problem, Mirandi-Asiatech’s Mark Webber due to a clutch problem, and Toyota’s Allan McNish, also due to a clutch problem.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 86 points

02) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 32 points

03) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW – 31 points

04) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW – 30 points

05) David Coulthard – McLaren-Mercedes – 26 points

2003:

The 2003 British Grand Prix was held on 20th July and was the eleventh race of the racing season that year. The race was won by Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello, who also started on pole position, with Williams’ Juan Pablo Montoya coming second, and behind him finished McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen.

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On lap 11 of the race, Neil Horan, also sometimes known as ‘The Grand Prix Priest’ invaded the track, wearing a kilt and waving banners stating ‘Read the Bible’ and ‘The Bible is always right’, and ran towards some oncoming cars, forcing them to have to swerve to avoid colliding with him. He finally returned to the run-off area on the track, where a marshall stopped him.

His emergence onto the track caused a safety car, and led people to be scared that Formula 1 bosses Max Mosely and Bernie Ecclestone, who in the past had been highly critical of Silverstone’s media and corporate facilities, would drop the race from the F1 calendar. Fortunately, the race was not dropped and still manages to draw many spectators today.

There were three retirements during the race, luckily none due to Horan’s antics. The retirees were Renault’s Fernando Alonso due to gearbox issues, Jordan’s Giancarlo Fisichella due to suspension problems, and Jaguar’s Antônio Pizzonia due to engine problems.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Micheal Schumacher – Ferrari – 69 points

02) Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren-Mercedes – 62 points

03) Juan Pablo Montoya – Williams-BMW – 55 points

04) Ralf Schumacher – Williams-BMW – 53 points

05) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 49 points

2004:

The 2004 British Grand Prix was held on 11th July and was again the eleventh race on the Formula 1 racing calendar. The winner of the race was Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher, with pole-sitter McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen coming in second, and behind him was Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello.

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There were a total of 4 retirements during the race, which were as follows: Jordan’s Giorgio  Pantano following a spin, Renault’s Jarno Trulli following suspension problems, and an accident as he lost control of his car through Bridge corner, hitting his tyres on the inside wall. His car then barrel-rolled through the gravel before coming to a stop just after Priory. Trulli was luckily unhurt. Minardi’s Zsolt Baumgartner also retired due to engine problems, and Toyota’s Olivier Panis also retired due to a fire.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 100 points

02) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 74 points

03) Jenson Button – BAR-Honda – 53 points

04) Jarno Trulli – Renault – 46 points

05) Fernando Alonso – Renault – 33 points

2005:

The 2005 British Grand Prix was held on 10th July and was yet again the eleventh race of the Formula 1 racing calendar. The victor of the race was McLaren’s Juan Pablo Montoya, securing his first victory for McLaren, with Renault’s Fernando Alonso coming in second. McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen came in third place, completing the podium.

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The start of the race.

There was only one retirement of the race, Jordan’s Narain Karthikeyan, due to electrical issues.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Fernando Alonso – Renault – 77 points

02) Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren – 51 points

03) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 43 points

04) Rubens Barrichello – Ferrari – 31 points

05) Jarno Trulli – Toyota – 31 points

2006:

The 2006 British Grand Prix was held on 11th June and was the eighth race on the Formula 1 racing calendar. The winner of the race was Renault’s Fernando Alonso, who also became the first Spanish driver and youngest driver (24 years, 10 months, 14 days) to get the Hat Trick (pole position, winning the race and fastest lap). Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher came in second, with McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen finishing 3rd.

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Ticket sales for the weekend were particularly slow, due to the fact that the race was held much earlier than usual, and also clashed with England first World Cup game.

The race also involved the first pit stop in history to have involved a woman, Louise Goodman, who was the left-rear tyre changer for the Midland F1 team.

There were a total of 4 retirements during the race; Honda’s Jenson Button, following an oil leak, which then results in his car catching fire on lap 9, forcing him to retire from the race, Toro Rosso’s Scott Speed also retired due to collision damage after lap 1, where he pushed Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher’s car into the path of Williams’ Mark Webber. Schumacher and Webber were forced to retire following this incident.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Fernando Alonso – Renault – 74 points

02) Michael Schumacher – Ferrari – 51 points

03) Kimi Raikkonen – McLaren – 33 points

04) Giancarlo Fisichella – Renault – 32 points

05) Juan Pablo Montoya – McLaren-Mercedes – 26 points

2007:

The 2007 British Grand Prix was held 8th July and was the ninth race of the season. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was the victor of the race after overtaking pole-sitter McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, who ended up in third place. Hamilton’s teammate Fernando Alonso finished second.

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Following Hamilton’s win at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix, Silverstone circuit director Richard Phillips reported that ticket sales for the race had gone ‘through the roof’.

Prior to the race, Ferrari created a legal case against English engineer Nigel Stepney and a employee of McLaren, following a search warrant which revealed evidence of theft of technical information from the Maranello-based team. McLaren indicated that they would fully cooperate with the investigation, and after a thorough investigation they concluded that “no Ferrari intellectual property has been passed to any other members of the team or incorporated into its cars.” The FIA is launching an investigation into this, however they stress that the investigation will only involve Formula 1 rules and regulations.

There were a total of 6 retirements in the race; Toyota’s Jarno Trulli due to handling issues,  Super-Aguri’s Anthony Davidson due to mechanical problems, Toro Rosso’s Scott Speed, due to a collision and broken suspension, Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher due to a wheel fixation problem, Spyker’s Adrian Sutil due to engine problems, and Red Bull’s Mark Webber due to hydraulic problems.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Lewis Hamilton – McLaren – 70 points

02) Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 58 points

03) Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 52 points

04) Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 51 points

05) Nick Hiedfeld – BMW Sauber – 33 points

2008:

The 2008 British Grand Prix was held on 6th July and was the ninth race of the season. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton won the race, after starting from fourth place on the grid, with BMW Sauber’s Nick Hiedfeld finishing in second place, and Honda’s Rubens Barrichello in third.

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The morning’s persistent rain resulted in many retirements during the race, due to the conditions.

There were 7 retirements during the race; BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica, who spun off the track on lap 39, ending up in the gravel, Honda’s Jenson Button, who also spun off on lap 38, Renault’s Nelson Piquet Jr. spun off on lap 35, Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella spun off on lap 26, Force India’s Adrian Sutil spun off on lap 10. A couple of drivers suffered from standing water on the track on the first lap; Mark Webber spun on the Hangar straight, falling from fourth place to last place, and Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull’s David Coulthard ended up in the gravel, forcing them to retire without even completing a lap.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 48 points

02) Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 48 points

03) Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 48 points

04) Robert Kubica – BMW Sauber – 46 points

05) Nick Hiedfeld – BMW Sauber – 36 points

2009:

The 2009 British Grand Prix was held on the 21st June and was the eighth round of the Formula 1 racing calendar. The race was won by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, with teammate Mark Webber coming in second, and Brawn’s Rubens Barrichello coming in third.

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It the the final British Grand Prix to be scheduled at Silverstone, from 2010 onwards it was scheduled to held at Donington Park, however they were unable to raise the funds required, so it was held again at Silverstone the following year.

There were only 2 retirements during the race, those being Toro Rosso’ Sebastien Bourdais due to collision damage, and McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen also following collision damage. Bourdais attempted to overtake the Finn, however he was unsuccessful, colliding with Kovalainen and leading both cars to retire.

Following the race, the Championships standings were as follows:

01) Jenson Button – Brawn-Mercedes – 64 points

02) Rubens Barrichello – Brawn-Mercedes – 41 points

03) Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 39 points

04) Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault – 35.5 points

05) Jarno Trulli – Toyota – 21.5

2010:

The 2010 British Grand Prix was held on 11th July and was the tenth race of the Formula 1 racing calendar. It was supposed to be held at Donington Park, however it was held at Silverstone due to Donington Park’s inability to raise sufficient funds to hold the event. It was to be held at Silverstone for the next seventeen years to give Donington Park a chance to raise the funds required. The victor of the race was Red Bull’s Mark Webber, in second was McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, and in third was Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

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There was a total of 4 retirements during the race; Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari following a problem with his brakes, BMW Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa due to a rear-wing problem, Renault’s Robert Kubica due to a driveshaft problem, and Virgin’s Lucas di Grassi  due to hydraulic problems.

After the race, Webber spoke out about the apparent favouritism within Red Bull, saying “Not bad for a number 2 driver, eh?” after crossing the finishing line. In the post-race conference, he expressed his dissatisfaction for the team, claiming that he would never have signed a contract for the following year if he knew that he was going to be treated the way he was.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 145 points

02) Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 133 points

03) Mark Webber – Red Bull – 128 points

04) Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 121 points

05) Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 98 points

2011:

The 2011 British Grand Prix was held on 10th July and was the ninth race of the Formula 1 racing season. It saw the ban on off-throttle blown diffusers (forcing the engine to continue to produce exhaust gasses to generate downforce when drivers are not using the throttle). Changes to the circuit meant that before the track was classified as being in Northamptonshire, however the movement of the start/finish line meant that the track was now classified as being in Buckinghamshire. The race winner was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel coming in second, with teammate Mark Webber coming in third.

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Many drivers spoke out about the controversy surrounding the ban on off-throttle blown diffusers, Jenson Button being one of them.

I think that the top teams will lose quite a bit, because we’ve had this for a little while now so you start designing the car around the systems that you have in place. It’s going to be a reasonably big hit and you’ll feel it everywhere: high, low speed, not so much on power but it’s more under braking and high speed corners. I think the biggest problem will be is that braking and exit will be very different in corners to the feeling of the car, could be changing a lot, so that’s probably the thing that you need to get used to … there’s no safety issues. We feel the circuit, we feel the car. When it’s wet we have to drive the car slower because it’s easier to go off because there’s less grip. There’s no safety issues, no.

-Jenson Button, McLaren Mercedes.

There were 5 retirements during the race; McLaren’s Jenson Button, after pitting for new tyres, however the front-right wheel nut was not attached, leaving Button to limp home, retiring. Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi also retired, due to a collision with Paul di Resta, Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, following an oil leak, Lotus’ Jarno Trulli due to an oil leak also, and teammate Heikki Kovalainen, following a gearbox issue.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 204 points

02) Mark Webber – Red Bull – 124 points

03) Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 112 points

04) Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 109 points

05) Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 109 points

2012:

The 2012 British Grand Prix was held on 8th July and was the ninth round of the Formula 1 racing calendar. The race was won by Red Bull’s Mark Webber; it was his second victory of the season. In second place was pole-sitter Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, and in third was Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

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Due to his victory, Webber managed to narrow Alonso’s lead in the Championship to a mere 13 points, with Webber himself being 16 points ahead of Vettel, Red Bull managed to extend their lead in the Constructors Championship to 64 points, whilst Ferrari moved from fourth to second, and McLaren did the opposite, and Lotus remained the third.

There were 2 retirements and 1 DNS (did not start); Sauber’s Sergio Perez retired after a collision with Williams’ Pastor Maldonado, Maldonado was fined 10,000 euros for causing the accident. Force India’s Paul di Resta also suffered a retirement due to collision damage, and Caterham’s Vitaly Petrov suffered from a DNS due to engine problems.

Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi was also fined 25,000 euros for crashing into 4 pit-crew members in what was described as ‘very dangerous move which had potentially serious implications’. The race also was the first to feature a post-race interview on the podium, which allows the drivers to address the crowd more directly. The drivers then proceed to the interview room for the press-conference. This has been used in every race since.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 129 points

02) Mark Webber – Red Bull – 116 points

03) Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 100 points

04) Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 92 points

05) Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus-Renault – 83

2013:

The 2013 British Grand Prix took place on 30th June and was the eighth race of the Formula 1 calendar. The race victor was Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, with Red Bull’s Mark Webber finishing second, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso came in third. Rosberg’s teammate Lewis Hamilton was on pole position, then Rosberg, followed by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

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There were only 2 race-retirees- Sebastian Vettel and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne. Vettel retired due to a gearbox failure, and Vergne retired due to puncture damage following a tyre explosion.

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Sebastian Vettel retired due to gearbox failure.

There was also a total of 6 punctures during the race, involving Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Vergne, McLaren’s Sergio Perez, Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez and Alonso.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – 132 points

02) Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 111 points

03) Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus – 98 points

04) Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 89 points

05) Mark Webber – Red Bull – 87 points

2014:

The 2014 British Grand Prix took place on the 6th July and was the ninth race in the Formula 1 race calendar. The race winner was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, with Williams’ Valterri Bottas coming second, and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo coming in third.

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Hamilton victory from 6th place on the grid was the lowest position that a race has ever been won from, and was the first race to be red-flagged on the first lap since the 2000 Monaco Grand Prix.

The red flag came out following a crash involving Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen after he ran wide on the Wellington straight and lost control of his car over a bump, causing him to crash heavily into the barriers and spin back across the track through passing traffic. Williams’ Felipe Massa attempted to swerve away but made contact with Raikkonen’s car, damaging his car. Both retired from the race.

There were 3 other retirees during the race; Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez following collision damage after making contact with Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado. Although Maldonado’s car flew into the air, it was unharmed, and he continued the race. However, Gutierrez retired due to damage to his front right tyre and front wing, sending him into retirement. Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson also retired due to suspension problems, and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg retired due to gearbox problems.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 165 points

02) Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 161 points

03) Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 98 points

04) Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 87 points

05) Valterri Bottas – Williams – 73 points

2015:

The 2015 British Grand Prix took place on 5th July and was the ninth race in the Formula 1 racing calendar. The race winner was Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, with teammate Nico Rosberg finishing second, and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishing third.

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There were a total of 6 retirements and 1 DNS during the event; Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, due to electrical problems, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, also due to electrical problems, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who spun off the track in the dampening conditions, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, who suffered from a collision with teammate Pastor Maldonado, after the back of his car was touched by Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. Fernando Alonso, who swerved to avoid the incident hit his teammate Jenson Button, who along with both Lotus drivers, had to retire.

Following the race, the Championship standings were as follows:

01) Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 194 points

02) Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 177 points

03) Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 135 points

04) Valterri Bottas – Williams – 77 points

05) Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 76 points

2016:

The 2016 British Grand Prix will take place on 10th July and will be the tenth round of the Formula 1 racing season.

Watch this space.

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