Silverstone is the flagship circuit of British motor racing, and to some extent, Formula 1. The feeling there can only be rivalled by the tifosi at Monza. Red Bull Racing, Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren, Force India, Williams, Marussia and Caterham all call this race home and many of their fans make the journey to support the teams. Motorsport and F1 in particular are very well followed in the UK. The knowledgeable sell-out crowd usually makes this event a 'must-attend' for any Formula 1 enthusiast.
2014 marks the 50th running of the event which takes place on the 4-5-6 July. The anniversary celebrations kick off with a performance of the Kaiser Chiefs on Thursday 3rd July (tickets sold separately) and carries on during Friday with a 40's to 80's vintage fashion competition a la Goodwood Revival to win grid passes. Throughout the weekend there will also be parade laps of heritage grand prix cars. So bring on your best attire and join the festival mood!
Silverstone Wing - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
In case you're wondering between attending the British or another grand prix, it is worth noting that Silverstone is one of the few Formula 1 venues that does not receive government funding and relies almost entirely on some 120,000 spectators on the Sunday to keep the event going. The support bill features round 5 of the GP2 Series, round 3 of the GP3 Series and round 4 of the Porsche Supercup.
The Canadian Grand Prix takes place on the 6-7-8 June 2014 in Montréal, a fascinating city where North America takes on European charms. As well as being Canada's cultural hub, the city enjoys a brilliant party atmosphere during the weekend, which is reminiscent to that of Melbourne, Singapore or even Austin. Despite being the second biggest French speaking city in the world, Montréal is a bilingual place where English is widely spoken.
It is traditionally a well attended event with most grandstands usually quite full, if not sold out. There is also plenty to do and see back in the city centre once the track activities have finished for the day. Crescent St is where most of the fan gatherings take place, day and night.
View from Grandstand 11 - Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
The F1 race at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is generally quite entertaining. Over the past few years, we've witnessed Jenson Button's win from the back in 2011, the durable Bridgestone tyres degrading very quickly in 2010, a pitlane pile up that allowed Robert Kubica to win for BMW-Sauber in 2008 and Super Aguri's surprise form in 2007 with Takuma Sato overtaking McLaren's Fernando Alonso in the dying moments of the race.
Full support race schedule is yet to be announced although the Ferrari Challenge, CTCC (Canadian Touring Car Championship) and Formula Ford 1600 have already been confimed.