British Grand Prix
The British Grand Prix is considered one of the world's foremost motor racing events, and is also the oldest continuously staged Grand Prix along with the Italian race, dating back to 1949.
It is held at Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, a former airfield, which has undergone several transformations. Silverstone used to be one of the fastest F1 tracks until it was modified in the early 1990s. Before the modifications Keke Rosberg qualified for the 1985 Grand Prix at an average speed of over 255 kph - a world record.
Silverstone circuit is very flat, with a series of long straights, connected by open corners - some of the most famous in racing history. It is a physically demanding course, and overtaking is notoriously difficult.
In 2013 the race, contested over 52 laps, was won by Nico Rosberg for the Mercedes team from a second position start. Mark Webber finished second in a Red Bull car, with Fernando Alonso third in a Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of teammate Rosberg, with Championship leader Sebastian Vettel coming in third place.
In 2014, the race will be the ninth round of the 2014 season, and marks the 68th running of the British Grand Prix, and the 50th time that the race has been run at the Silverstone Circuit.