Built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, which opened in 1943, Silverstone started hosting motorsport events in 1948, as soon as the RAF stopped using the airfield.
Up to 2009 Silverstone was very close to Monza in terms of average speed on a single lap but in 2010 the track was modified to include the "Arena", a slower part that lengthened the track to 5.9 km. Despite that, Silverstone is still incredibly challenging, especially in the very quick section through Copse, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel. The circuit has 8 left corners and 10 right corners. The longest straight is the Hangar Straight (770 m).