The 2014 British GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

F1 returns to Silverstone where it all began in 1950

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 30/06/14 3:45pm

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This week Sky Sports hosts the 50th British Grand Prix from Silverstone.

The 2014 British GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!

F1 returns to Silverstone where it all began in 1950 for one of the most popular events on the calendar.

So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.

The 2014 British GP in a nutshell

Track: Silverstone. Permanent circuit.

Race start time: 1pm UK time Sunday.

Laps: 52.

Track length: 5.891 km.

Tyre allocation: Hard (orange) and medium (white)

DRS Zones: Two - Wellington Straight and Hanger Straight, with separate detection points.

Driver steward: Nigel Mansell.

Lap record: Mark Webber - 1:33.401 (Red Bull; 2013).

2013 pole: Lewis Hamilton - 1:29.607 (Mercedes).

Lewis Hamilton: On pole in 2013

Sky Sports F1's schedule

Thursday 3rd July
3pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
6pm - The Grid - Live!
9pm - Classic F1 - 1989 British GP.

Friday 4th July
9:45am - British GP Practice One - Live!
12pm - GP2 Practice - Live!
1:45pm - British GP Practice Two - Live!
3:50pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
5pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
6pm - The F1 Show - Live!
9pm - Classic F1 - 1981 British GP.

Saturday 5th July
8:45am - GP3 Qualifying - Live!
9:45am - British GP Practice Three - Live!
12pm - British GP Qualifying - Live!
2:35pm - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
4:15pm - GP3 Race One - Live!
5:55pm - British GP Qualifying replay.
8:30pm - Ted's Qualifying Notebook.
9pm - Classic F1 - 1987 British GP.

Sunday 6th July
8:05am - GP3 Race Two - Live!
9:15am - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
10:30am - GP Heroes - James Hunt
11:30am - The 2014 British GP - Track Parade - Live!
12pm - The 2014 British GP - Race - Live! !
3:30pm - The 2014 British GP - Paddock Live!
6:15pm - 2014 British GP Highlights.
7pm - Ted's Race Notebook.

Form guide

Silverstone's high average speed should favour the Mercedes-powered cars and Lewis Hamilton will be desperately keen to beat Nico Rosberg and close the gap on home soil.

Williams impressed in Austria and it will be interesting to see if they can carry that form over to the very different test that the Northamptonshire venue presents.

World Champions Red Bull may once again find their lack of straight-line speed an issue, however, their downforce levels through the high-speed turns should allow them to be more competitive than they were two weeks ago.

2013 result: 1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 5. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 6. Felipe Massa (Ferrari); 7. Adrian Sutil (Force India); 8. Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso); 9. Paul Di Resta (Force India); 10. Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber).

Last five winners at Silverstone: 2013: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2012: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2011: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2010: Mark Webber (Red Bull); 2009: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull).

Nico Rosberg took victory in 2013

Tyre allocation

Pirelli will bring the orange-marked hard and white-banded medium to Silverstone - the two hardest compounds in their range.

"Silverstone is one of the fastest circuits of the season with high energy loads going through the tyres. Because of this, the two hardest tyres in the range are best-suited to the British track," the Italian firm said.

Sky Bet odds

Lewis Hamilton is favourite for the British Grand Prix with Sky Bet, despite being beaten by Nico Rosberg at the previous three races. Check out the full range of odds here.

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