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Silverstone: Home of the British Grand Prix

Updated 1721 GMT (0121 HKT) July 3, 2012
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After a gap of 21 years, the British Grand Prix returned to the motor racing calendar in October 1948 at Silverstone, which had recently been built on a disused World War II airfield. Getty Images
UK racing legend Stirling Moss, seen here talking to his father Alfred, competed at Silverstone as a 19-year-old that month. Getty Images
Moss did not have much success in Formula One at the English circuit, but won a 500cc race there in July 1952. Getty Images
Moss' two British Grand Prix successes both came at Aintree near Liverpool. His 1957 win was in tandem with teammate Tony Brooks. Getty Images
Australian racing driver Jack Brabham rounds a bend at Silverstone, featuring new raised earth banks, during the Silver City Trophy race for Formula 1 cars in August 1960. Getty Images
Safety standards were lower in the circuit's early years. Spectators erected their own viewing stand for the F1 international trophy race in May 1966. Getty Images
F1 legend Ayrton Senna leads the field during the first lap of the British Grand Prix in 1990, a year that major revisions were made to the circuit. Getty Images
The following year Senna was famously given a ride by race winner Nigel Mansell after he ran out of fuel on the final lap at Silverstone. Getty Images
The future of the British Grand Prix, and Silverstone itself, came under threat following arguments with F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over a lack of development at the Northampton venue. Getty Images
Subsequent changes to Silverstone meant that the circuit could host motorcycling's elite division of racing, MotoGP. Getty Images
In 2011, Silverstone unveiled a new $44 million pit complex and paddock called the Silverstone Wing. Getty Images
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won last July's race and the 2012 championship leader will once again be one of the contenders this weekend. Getty Images