Formula One's annual visit to Silverstone represents a return to where it all started for the world championship.
Robert Senechal/Louis Wagner (Delage 15S8) 1926 British Grand Prix at Brooklands © LAT
The British Grand Prix predates the inception of the championship by 24 years. The French duo of Robert Senechal and Louis Wagner took the first British GP win at Brooklands in 1926, at an average speed of less than 116km/h (72mph). Brooklands was again the host in 1927, at a time when the race was also known as the English GP.
Donington Park held the next four races, from 1935 to 1938. Legends such as Bernd Rosemeyer and Tazio Nuvolari were among the winners, but the outbreak of World War II brought motorsport to a grinding halt.
It was at Silverstone, itself used as a WWII airfield, that the British GP was resurrected in 1948, and it was chosen to host the inaugural championship race on May 13th 1950, the first of seven rounds that would decide the first champion driver. In those days, the championship was only contested for the drivers themselves; it wasn't until 1958 that the constructors were given their equivalent competition.