The European Grand Prix is one of the more nomadic events on the F1 calendar, having taken place at four different venues as a standalone event, and back when it was merely a name given to an existing event (as it was from 1950 to 1977), another eight circuits across the continent.
One such event was the first ever world championship Grand Prix - the 1950 British Grand Prix at Silverstone was also that year's European Grand Prix. Giuseppe Farina was the victor from pole position, on his way to winning the inaugural world title.
Riccardo Patrese (Brabham BT52B BMW) leads Elio de Angelis (Lotus 94T Renault), Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT52B BMW) and Nigel Mansell (Lotus 94T Renault) through Paddock Hill Bend at the start © LAT
The "European Grand Prix" meant relatively little until 1983, when it first appeared on the calendar as its own event, at Brands Hatch. This meant that Brands Hatch and Silverstone hosted two championship races in the same year, having alternated as hosts of the British GP since 1963.
Nelson Piquet won the 1983 race, but it was a frustrating weekend for Lotus, who gave a Renault engine its first ever pole position in anything other than a Renault chassis, when de Angelis was quickest in qualifying. It was also Pirelli's first pole since Juan Manuel Fangio's last F1 start at Buenos Aires in 1958. While de Angelis' car failed early on, Nigel Mansell's third place and fastest lap provided the team with some consolation.