Stowe corner is a very fast right hander towards the end of the lap on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit. Formula One cars enter the braking zone for Stowe at almost 200mph. It is a great place to spectate from, with three different grandstands and some general admission viewing areas.
This article provides all the details on spectating at Stowe, including grandstand seating plans, images and videos of the view and TV screens, nearest car parks, entrances and more.
where is Stowe corner?
Stowe corner is Turn 15 on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. It is fast right-hander that is about three quarters of the way around the lap. It is at the end of the very fast Hangar Straight where F1 cars reach their top speed and just before Vale corner and Club corner, the final technical section of the lap.
Image below courtesy of the Silverstone website.
Stowe corner has existed ever since Silverstone circuit was first used in 1948 when the two main runways of RAF Silverstone, an old WWII bomber base, were joined by some of the perimeter roads to form a circuit.
The following year the circuit stopped using the runways and solely ran on the airport perimeter roads, changing Stowe in to a faster more open corner that closely resembles the one we know today.
Stowe is where four riders crashed during the MotoGP at Silverstone in 2018 after aquaplaning on standing water on the poorly resurfaced track.
how fast do F1 cars go around Stowe?
On the run down Hangar Straight prior to Stowe corner, F1 cars reach their top speed around Silverstone of almost 320kph. This video of Lewis Hamilton’s 2020 pole lap at the British Grand Prix shows him maxing out at 318kph. That’s 198mph.
The Formula One cars run a lot of downforce at Silverstone, maximising their speed through the fast corners of Maggots, Becketts and Copse to reduce their lap times. This downforce results in more straight line drag which compromises their top speeds slightly. At other circuits such as Baku, Monza or Mexico the cars run less downforce and can reach speeds of over 340kph / 210mph.
is Stowe a good place to sit at Silverstone?
Stowe is a good place to sit at Silverstone for the F1 if you want to see the cars involved in some high speed cornering with their downforce being put to the test. Unlike Copse or Abbey it is not flat out, which means it’s a little harder to judge for the drivers and often you’ll see cars running slightly wide on the large run-off area at the corner exit.
In the MotoGP the long Hangar Straight is often a good opportunity for some slipstreaming before late braking in to Stowe. You’ll see a few overtaking moves on the way in to this corner by the riders, hanging their right leg out in the air to help get themselves slowed down as much as possible before leaning theirs bikes over and heading for the apex, leaving a thin black line of rubber on the tarmac behind them.
Stowe is only used as part of the Grand Prix circuit which is raced on by the Formula One, MotoGP and Silverstone Classic. The BTCC and most club events use the National circuit which does not include Stowe corner.
There is a general admission spectating area at Stowe, as well as three different grandstands, Stowe A, B and C, all on the outside of corner. Each stand gives a slightly different perspective on the circuit and the action taking place on it. Read more info on the specific view from each grandstand later in this article.
Additionally there is the Sports Zone directly behind the Stowe grandstands. Full of food and drink stalls, games like air hockey or table football, and a big screen to watch any other sporting events that are taking place at the same weekend. A good spot to make sure the kids are always entertained.
For those interested in camping at Silverstone the sites to the South and East of the circuit are the closest to Stowe Corner. These include the Ridings, Whittlebury Park and Woodlands.
are the grandstands covered?
None of the Stowe grandstands are covered, all three of them are fully open to the elements. So bring your umbrella or your sun hat, depending on what the British weather fancies doing.
are there big TV screens visible from here?
There are two large TV screens across the circuit, on the inside of the track. These are slightly spread out so are more or less visible depending on which bit of the corner, or which grandstand you are sat in. The right of the two screens is more visible from Stowe A, both screens can be seen from Stowe B and the left hand screen is more easily viewed from Stowe C.
The first image below is from Stowe grandstand A, the second from B and the third from C.
Stowe A grandstand
where is it?
Stowe A is the closest of the three grandstands here to the Hangar Straight, and sits parallel to it. It is on the outside of the circuit (left-hand side) just as the cars or bikes turn in to the corner. The track starts off close to the grandstand but gradually turns away from it.
Stowe A is North-West facing.
what's the view like?
Being parallel to the Hangar straight, the view back down the straight towards the exit of Chapel is slightly compromised. Usually you can only see as far as the Hangar bridge. The benefit of its orientation, however, is that you get a wonderful view of the cars as they leave Stowe corner and you can follow them all the way past the first apex of Vale, often the scene for some great overtaking. None of the other Stowe grandstands have such a good view of that section of track.
The image below shows the sections of the track visible from Stowe A, highlighted in pink.
This video perfectly captures the view, showing how much you can of the cars as they run down through Vale corner.
Stowe A granstand seating plan
Below is the seating plan for Stowe A grandstand. Enter your name and email in the boxes below and the full hi-res plan will be sent straight to your inbox.
You can see how the track curves away from this grandstand as it goes around Stowe corner.
Stowe A is the largest of the three grandstands here. The rows run from A (front / lowest) to W (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (nearest to the start of the Hangar Straight) to 204 (furthest from the track as it curves away from you).
I would chose to sit in the middle of the grandstand to have the best view of the cars as they run down towards Vale.
Stowe B grandstand
where is it?
Stowe B grandstand is in the middle of the other two grandstands, again on the outside of the circuit. It is directly opposite the apex of the corner and at 45 degrees to both Stowe A and C, so is pretty much North facing.
what's the view like?
The positioning of Stowe B grandstand at Silverstone means that you can see more of the Hangar straight than either of the other two grandstands. If you get the right spot you can actually see the cars as they exit Chapel corner, then lose them again briefly as they enter the Hangar Straight, then follow them all the way down to Stowe.
The downside is you can’t quite see as much as the cars head towards Vale. At best you can just about see them turn in to the left hander, but not a lot else.
The image below shows how much of the circuit can be seen from Stowe B, highlighted in pink.
This video provides a good example of the view from here.
Stowe B grandstand seating plan
Below is the seating plan for Stowe B grandstand. Enter your name and email in the boxes below and the full hi-res plan will be sent straight to your inbox.
The rows run from A (front / lowest) to U (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (closest to Hangar Straight) to 144 (closest to Vale).
Stowe C grandstand
where is it?
Stowe C grandstand is on the left of the other two grandstands as you look at the track from the outside of the corner. It is positioned parallel to the track as it exits Stowe and runs down to Vale. Because of its location towards the exit of Stowe and to allow for the large gravel trap here, it is set back the furthest of these three grandstands. It is North-East facing.
what's the view like?
Because it is set back quite a way from the edge of the track, Stowe C has the poorest view of any of these three grandstands. Your view back up the Hangar straight is compromised by things on the inside of the circuit. And your view down towards Vale is also limited by adjacent grandstands and spectator areas.
The best place to sit in Stowe C would be on the extreme right hand side. This means you are likely to get better views of both the Hangar Straight and the run to Vale.
The image below roughly shows the sections of the track that can be seen from here, highlighted in pink.
This video provides a good example of the view from this grandstand.
Stowe C grandstand seating plan
Below is the seating plan for Stowe C grandstand. Enter your name and email in the boxes below and the full hi-res plan will be sent straight to your inbox.
Stowe C is exactly the same size and seating layout as Stowe B. The rows run from A (front / lowest) to U (back / highest) and seat numbers go from 1 (closest to Hangar Straight) to 144 (closest to Vale).
nearest spectator entrances
The closest entrance for spectators is Gate 10, this is directly behind Stowe corner on the outside of the circuit.
See our other post on Silverstone’s spectator entrance gates for more details and a map of their locations.
nearest car parks
Car park 40 is the closest. It is between Stowe and the run to Vale, so is only a very short walk away. Other car parks are a longer walk.