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Britains most famous circuit will yet again be hosting the British Grand Prix. A regular to the Grand Prix calendar since 1950 it's seen a huge number of changes over the years to ensure that it remains as the top fixture for GP racing in the country.

Situated in the countryside between Birmingham and London this circuit is prone to unusually large extremes of weather! It seems to be either quite horrible or incredible gorgeous at this track - it's rarely anything between. If the editor's there then it can usually be expected to piss down royally!


Race Day : July 13th 1997

Circuit Length: 4.250 kilometres/2.64 miles

GMT +2 hours

Friday Practice: 11.00-12.00 and 13.00-14.00
Saturday Practice: 09.00-09.45 and 10.15-11.00
Saturday Qualifying: 13.00-14.00

Sunday Warm-Up: 09.30-10.00

FRENCH GRAND PRIX: 14.00 ... 61 Laps, 313 km, 195 miles

Lap Record Villeneuve 1m29.29s 199.58 km/h

1996 Jacques Villeneuve Williams
1995 Johnny Herbert Benetton
1994 Damon Hill Williams
1993 Alain Prost Williams
1992 Nigel Mansell Williams
1991 Nigel Mansell Williams
1990 Alain Prost Ferrari

A an incredibly modern facility which is used year round for F1 testing - this, and the fact that it's home to the majority of the UK Grand Prix scene, means that all the teams have intimate knowledge of the track. Barring the sometimes obtuse weather this track is often a strong indicator of which particular car is the strongest in the year.

A win here usually represents the zenith of achievement by a Grand Prix team - the competition is so intense that winning is never easy.

The race itself has tended to vary between high drama and surprising tedium. On a good race there's nothing to stop the ardent UK race fan from turning away from the screen - except, perhaps, an advertisement...

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