Motor Racing is a growing sport and one that is steadily becoming more popular in more countries around the world. In 2017, official viewing figures for the Monaco Grand Prix (the hottest race on the F1 calendar) reported that over 110 million viewers had turned in. This doesn’t compare to the 3.5 billion that watched the FIFA World Cup Final a year later, but it’s higher than the number of Americans that watched the Super Bowl in 2019, a statistic that will surprise even the most dedicated of Motor Racing fans. The sport spans several disciplines. The biggest of these is Formula 1, which is contested by teams and drivers from all over the world and hosted everywhere from Australia to the Middle East and the UK. There are also rallying and motorcycle events held throughout the UK. Some events, however, don’t have that much of a following here in the UK. NASCAR is perhaps the best example of such an event because it’s very popular in the US, particularly in the southern states, but is practically unheard of on this side of the Atlantic. Speedway is another motor racing event with a big following in the UK and one that seems to be growing with each passing year.
Motor Racing is one of the most popular sports in the United Kingdom, spanning events such as Formula One and MotoGP and reaching millions of fans across the country every single week. The Silverstone Circuit is often said to be the home of motor racing in the country. This is where the British Grand Prix is hosted and it is also a circuit on the British MotoGP series. Silverstone is located on a former World War II base. It became deserted after the war and was used to stage amateur races, before being leased for professional races by the end of the 1940s. The circuit has played witness to some amazing races over the years and has also been redesigned several times. The British driver Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the fastest lap on the current version of the track. In addition to touring cars, Formula 1, and motorcycle racing, rallying has also been a consistently popular sport in the United Kingdom. One of the sport’s greatest drivers ever, Colin McRae, is Scottish, and in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when he was at his peak, he earned a reputation that transcended his chosen sport and made him a household name.
The United Kingdom is home to some of the best drivers and race car teams in the world, including Williams and McLaren. The Red Bull Racing team are also based in the United Kingdom, operating out of their base in Milton Keynes. Red Bull Racing, or RBR, have won several Driver and Constructor Championships in the sport of Formula 1, working with drivers like Daniel Ricciardo, Mark Webber, Max Verstappen, and Sebastian Vettel. These drivers won many races under the Red Bull banner, but none came close to matching the accolades won by Lewis Hamilton, a British driver who has raced for McLaren and Mercedes. Hamilton won his 5th championship in 2018, a decade after winning his first and becoming the youngest champion ever. Other legendary British drivers include Jackie Stewart, a Scottish player nicknamed the “Flying Scot” who finished on 43 podiums throughout his career; Graham Hill, who won the championship on two separate occasions; and Nigel Mansell, who won 31 races during his illustrious career. And let’s not forget London-born Stirling Moss, who raced between 1951 and 1961 and was described as the greatest driver to never win an F1 championship, finishing second or third on 7 occasions.