• NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso (C) of Spain and Ferrari leads the field at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari drives during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Andrew Hone/Getty Images)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Fernando Alonso of Spain and Ferrari leads the field at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Australia's Mark Webber driving a Red Bull Racing-Renault Formula 1 car in action during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil stops in the pits, during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia won the race, Ferrari Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso finished second and Germany's Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, finished third. (AP Photo/Nigel Roddis, pool)
  • McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain changes tyres in the pits during the British F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia won the race, Ferrari Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso finished second and Germany's Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel, finished third. (AP Photo/Nigel Roddis, pool)
  • Spain's Fernando Alonso driving a Ferrari Formula 1 car leads the field during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing drives on his way to winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Australia's Mark Webber driving a Red Bull Racing-Renault Formula 1 car during the Formula One British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)
  • NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08: Mark Webber of Australia and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
  • Australia's Mark Webber, center, celebrates after winning the Formula One British Grand Prix as Spain's Fernando Alonso, left, and Germany's Sebastian Vettel look on at the Silverstone circuit, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Tim Hales)

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    The British Grand Prix could be considered the sport's home race. That's why Silverstone, as behind the times as it may be, is still on the calendar, and why so many elements within the sport are keen on having a race in London. Because while other races come and go, F1 could not do without a British Grand Prix in some form or another.

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