On your marks: Silverstone to host 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix

By Rose Adams | 18 Jun 2018 | Sport, Speed

The prestigious motoring event is speeding into Silverstone as it celebrates its 70th anniversary

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* The FIA Formula 1 World Championship is one of the most prestigious events in the motor racing calendar

Silverstone Circuit – renowned as one of the greatest motor racing tracks in the world – has announced it is to host the highly anticipated 10th round of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, during the Formula 1 2018 Rolex Grand Prix. Taking place on 6-8 July, this marks a particularly notable year for the prestigious event, as it celebrates its 70th anniversary. 

What’s more, three-time FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion and Rolex Testimonee, Sir Jackie Stewart, is to get behind the wheel of his 1969 Formula 1 British Grand Prix winning Matra MS80 once more. “I still find Formula 1 as exciting today as it ever was, and Silverstone holds a very special place in my heart, so I am looking forward to being back on track in front of the incredibly knowledgeable British spectators” he said. “Rolex and Formula 1 are linked by this rich history, global appeal and an unwavering attention to detail, making it a perfect partnership. I am honoured to be part of the Rolex family. A 50-year relationship is a rare commitment; it has been a fantastic journey together.”

Silverstone has a long running association with Formula 1, having hosted the first race in the inaugural Formula 1 season back in 1950. Featuring a total of 18 corners – including high-speed section of Maggots and Becketts – Silverstone Circuit presents a thrilling contest for any driver taking part.   

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* Rolex Testimonees and Formula 1 racing legends (L-R) Nico Rosberg, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Mark Webber

“The track is very enjoyable to drive, with some legendary corners, and, of course, the weather also plays a key role.” Nico Rosberg, 2016 FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Champion and Rolex Testimonee said. “I am proud to have won the British Grand Prix and lifted the most beautiful trophy in Formula 1 on the top step of the podium. I look forward to returning this year as part of the Rolex family and soaking up the amazing atmosphere.”

The event will cease the sport’s first triple-header, with racing in France and Austria having taken place over the two previous weekends. The second half of the season will continue across Europe, Asia, North America, South America and the Middle East, as teams and drivers compete for the acclaimed 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

This is the second year running that Rolex has been a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1, a fitting honour for the luxury timepiece brand, of which mirror the sport’s commitment to ground breaking technology and engineering in the world of watches. The official Rolex Pit Lane Clock highlights the importance of timing within a race, while also drawing attention to the Swiss watch brand’s commitment to motor sport at the highest level.  The 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship runs from March to November and spans 21 races in 21 countries across four continents.