IN PICTURES: The Lit-Up Lewis Hamilton Straight During the ‘Lap of Lights’ Event at Silverstone

Published 12/23/2021, 3:07 AM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Silverstone is undeniably one of the most classic racing circuits in Formula 1, thanks to its high-speed twisty and curvy sections of corners that add an element of excitement and thrill for the spectators.


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In a bid to add more beauty to this famous circuit, the owners introduced colorful lights focusing on the tarmac a few years ago. In 2020, the organizers went up a notch and introduced what eventually became a world-famous light show called the ‘Lap of Lights’.

We’ve often witnessed the Silverstone circuit under daylight during Grand Prix events, but, interestingly, as the sun goes down, the entire circuit only lights up even brighter.


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Fans are allowed to drive through the ring at a certain speed limit, enjoying the beautiful lighting show that takes place around them.

A sneak peek into the Silverstone F1 circuit ahead of Christmas

With Christmas inching closer, Silverstone is turning more dynamic than ever, thanks to the vibrant color and laser show that happens occasionally over a calendar year.

Hence, here’s a picture that surfaced on social media depicting the recently named ‘Hamilton’ straight absolutely drenched in Blue lights.

the Hamilton straight lit up for Christmas at Silverstone from formula1

The circuit does look prestigious right now, and what a turnaround this has been! From suffering a massive financial downfall in 2020 to finding themselves back on the feet in a span of 1 year, the owners have made sure that Silverstone continues to play a pivotal role in Formula 1.

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What is the ‘Lap of Lights’?

In 2020, the organizers introduced a paid laser light show, exclusively for the fans. This year, Silverstone yet again kick-started the ‘Lap of Lights’ event which is already underway; the event is scheduled between November 26 and January 03, 2022.

The celebrations are likely to hit the peak on December 24, Christmas eve.


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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc leads ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Well, here’s what Silverstone says on their official site. “Join us for the UK’s only light and laser drive and enjoy an epic, globe-hopping trip from the comfort and safety of your own car.

From Silverstone to the snowy Arctic, Paris to the Pyramids – the whole family will love this magical adventure around the world,” the statement read. Tickets start from £30. Catch the action before the tickets go sold out!


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Click here to buy tickets for the 2021 Lap of Lights.


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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.