Hamilton Straight is named in honour of the 7-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton. It overlooks the Silverstone Wing pitlane building and has the best views of the start / finish line, pitlane and the podium.
This article provides all the information you need to know about spectating from here, including grandstand seating plans, images and videos of the view, the nearest entrances and more.
Where is the Hamilton Straight?
The Hamilton Straight used to be called the International Pits Straight. It’s the start / finish straight on the modern Silverstone Grand Prix circuit layout.
It was at the end of 2020 after Lewis Hamilton won his 7th F1 world title that the British Racing and Drivers Club agreed to rename the straight in honour of Lewis.
The Hamilton Straight, Club and Abbey corners are highlighted on the map below, courtesy of the Silverstone website.
Is Hamilton Straight a good place to sit at Silverstone?
Sitting along Hamilton Straight means you will have the best view of any seating area at Silverstone of the start / finish line. Plus you will be able to see all of the pitlane action, and if you’re at the right end of the straight you can see the podium too.
There are a number of different grandstands along this straight, specifically there are two Hamilton Straight grandstands, A and B (used to be South and North respectively). This article focuses on these two stands.
The two Hamilton grandstands are in prime position for the start / finish line and pitlane. So if that is what you are interested in most of all then theses grandstands are the perfect place for you.
If you’re camping at Silverstone some of the nearest sites are Woodlands and the Golf Club.
Are there big TV screens on Hamilton Straight?
For the Formula 1 there are a few TV screens attached to the side of the Wing pitlane building on the other side of the track. There are three of these spread out along the length of the building, and different ones are visible from different grandstands.
The image below shows that two screens are visible from the Hamilton A grandstand.
And this images shows a third screen which can be seen from Hamilton B.
Are the Hamilton Straight grandstands covered?
Hamilton Straight A grandstand is covered. It has a roof over the top with a small lip that drops down at the front to provide some extra weather protection for people sat in the front row. There are no covers on the sides of the grandstand, however, so people sat on the end might get a bit wet however they will have a great, unobstructed view.
Hamilton Straight B grandstand is not covered. It’s completely open to the elements.
Hamilton Straight A
Where is Hamilton Straight A grandstand at Silverstone?
The Hamilton A (previously Hamilton South) grandstand is the closer of the two Hamilton stands to the final corner of Club. It is just before the start / finish line and sits directly opposite the start of the pitlane and the podium.
Hamilton A grandstand is directly adjacent to the newly built Hilton Hotel, which is just to the left of it. This grandstand is South-East facing.
Map below courtesy of the Silverstone website.
View from Hamilton Straight A grandstand
This grandstand has the best view from any seating area of the podium. It’s directly opposite to it and not very far away. Additionally it has views of the whole pitlane, the start / finish line, the entirety of the straight and the exit of Club corner.
If you are able to get seats on the right hand side of this grandstand (as you look at the track) you can also see much more of the final section of the lap. This includes the exit of Stowe corner and the whole Vale and Club complex.
Sitting on the right hand side also has the benefit of removing any obstruction from the Hilton Hotel as you look along the straight towards Abbey. If you’re sat high up and on the extreme left hand side of this grandstand, bear that obstruction in mind.
The image below shows the areas of the track visible from Hamilton A grandstand highlighted in pink.
This video provides a great example of the view from Hamilton A. This is filmed from a fairly central position within the grandstand but still has good visibility of the run from Stowe to Vale and Club.
Hamilton Straight A grandstand seating plan
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The rows run from A (front / lowest) to U (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (closest to Club corner) to 234 (closest to the start / finish line). There are around 3800 seats in the Hamilton A grandstand.
For the best views of the Vale and Club complex aim for seat numbers as low as possible.
Hamilton Straight B
Where is Hamilton Straight B grandstand at Silverstone?
The Hamilton B grandstand is located just past the start / finish line on the outside (left hand side) of the straight. It’s the other side of the Hilton Hotel to Hamilton B, so the two Hamilton grandstands sandwich the hotel in between them. Hamilton B is also North-East facing.
Map below courtesy of the Silverstone website.
View from Hamilton Straight B grandstand
Being further along the pit straight, the only view you have from here of the final sequence of corners is the exit of Club Corner. You cannot see Vale or the entry to Club.
The benefit of its location, however, is that you can see the whole of the first corner Abbey plus the run through the next fast left hander of Farm Curve. The further to the left in this grandstand you sit, the more of that section you are able to see.
You again have a great view of the pitlane, but the podium is much harder to see from here as it can be hidden behind some of the advertising boardings that go over the start line.
The image below shows roughly which parts of the track can be seen from Hamilton Straight B, highlighted in pink.
This video provides a perfect example of the view from this grandstand.
Hamilton Straight B seating plan
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The rows run from A (front / lowest) to W (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (closest to the start line) to 129 (closest to Abbey corner). There are around 1200 seats in the Hamilton B grandstand.
For the best views of Abbey and Farm Curve, aim for higher seat numbers. Bear in mind that if you are sat high up in the stand at some of the lowest seat numbers there is a small chance you may have some of your view towards Club corner obstructed by the pesky hotel.
Best entrance gate for Hamilton Straight grandstands
The best spectator entrance gate to use to get to the Hamilton Straight and its grandstands is Gate 16, or failing that use the main entrance Gate 19.
See our article on Silverstone’s spectator entrance gates for detailed information on entering the circuit by foot.
Other Silverstone Grandstands
Check out my spectating guides for all other grandstands at Silverstone: