F1 British Grand Prix 2022: Start time, session timings, how to watch, highlights

The British Grand Prix takes place this weekend at Silverstone, and we have everything you need to know here, including the race start time.

F1‘s oldest race is set for its 72nd anniversary this year. Silverstone hosted the inaugural F1 Grand Prix in 1950, which was won by Italian driver Giuseppe Farina.

Since then, both Aintree and Brands Hatch have hosted the race several times. In addition, the British Grand Prix almost moved permanently to Donington Park in 2009. The circuit agreed on a 17-year deal with then-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to host the race from 2010 onwards. However, it failed to secure the funds required to redevelop the circuit.

Silverstone stepped in, and agreed their own 17-year deal with Ecclestone and F1. Had an agreement not been reached, the famous Grand Prix would likely have dropped off the calendar entirely.

The Northamptonshire venue has held the race uninterrupted since 1987. In that time, there have been five British winners – Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton.

Who is favourite for the 2022 British Grand Prix?

Whilst Hamilton would undoubtedly love to add to his record-holding eight British Grand Prix wins, it is likely to be an uphill battle.

Mercedes showed improved pace in Canada, with Hamilton finishing third and his team-mate George Russell finishing fourth. Although neither driver could quite match the pace of the Ferrari or Red Bull, they were noticeably far closer.

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In addition, with updates on the way, it is not inconceivable that two of the three English drivers could compete for the win in the Silver Arrows at their home race.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has won the previous two Grands Prix this season. Team-mate Sergio Perez will also hope to be in the mix, off the back of a disappointing Canadian Grand Prix. The Mexican crashed in qualifying, before suffering a mechanical failure in the race’s opening stages.

The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will surely be in contention, reliability permitting. And the Alpine pairing of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso will look to continue their strong one-lap pace from Montreal.

With the weather set fair for the weekend, the 2022 British Grand Prix promises to be a thriller. Here’s all you need to know:

What is the 2022 British Grand Prix start time?

The 2022 British Grand Prix will start at 3pm BST on Sunday, July 3.

A number of support races will take place before the main action, with the F3 feature race starting at 8:35am, and the corresponding F2 race beginning at 10:25am.

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There will also be a number of special events throughout the morning and early afternoon, including a historic car parade, and a historic lap of the track driven by Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel.

What are the other session timings?

The other session timings for the F1 section of the weekend are as follows:

  • Friday, July 1 (1pm – 2pm) – Practice 1
  • Friday, July 1 (4pm – 5pm) – Practice 2
  • Saturday, July 2 (12pm – 1pm) – Practice 3
  • Saturday, July 2 (4pm – 5pm) – Qualifying

To view session timings for the support races and other events during the weekend, click here.

How can I watch the 2022 British Grand Prix?

Full live coverage of the entire weekend – including the F2, F3 and W Series support races – will be available on the Sky Sports F1 channel, with selected parts of the weekend shown on Sky Sports Main Event.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 will also provide live coverage of the qualifying and race sessions. F1’s current TV rights deal permits the terrestrial broadcaster to show live coverage of the British Grand Prix every season.

Furthermore, if you cannot watch the action live, both TV stations will provide highlights of the qualifying and the race in the hours following each session.

  • Qualifying highlights – Saturday, 10:40pm (Sky Sports F1), Sunday, 2:10am (Channel 4)
  • Race highlights – Sunday, 8pm (Sky Sports F1), Monday, 12:05am (Channel 4)

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