Formula Student


Spectator Information

Join the drama, passion and excitement as over 100 university teams from dozens of countries across the world compete to design, build and race the best single-seater race car.

As a spectator, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some phenomenal combustion engines and electric single-seater racing cars built entirely by students who just might go on to design, build or race the F1 cars of the future.

Plus, check out the first teams to compete in the new FS-AI competition, which sees teams design and run an autonomous vehicle using the unique ADS-DV drone car.

The dates for the Formula Student 2020 competition follow the Formula Onetm British Grand Prix and will be announced by January 2020.

Spectator tickets for the public days of the competition (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will be on advanced sale around Spring 2020 via the Silverstone website. Tickets will be available for individual days or for the full weekend (Friday to Sunday).

The box office for advanced tickets will close by the weekend of the Formula Onetm British Grand Prix, by which time all tickets will be mailed by Silverstone to those who have bought tickets. After this time, it will only be possible to buy individual day tickets on the door at the entrance to Silverstone Circuit.




Check out the teams in their garages and across the paddock as they set up for the weekend ahead and ensure that their cars pass all the scrutineering tests to get on track.

  • Watch the first teams test their cars
  • View the teams as they prepare
  • Watch teams pass the brake, tilt and noise tests
  • Soak up the atmosphere of the competition
  • Watch the first FS-AI Acceleration event



The dynamic events begin: from the figure-of-8 Skidpad and fast-paced Acceleration in the morning to the 1km Sprint course in the afternoon, check out how this year's grid of cars and drivers perform on track!

  • Skidpad event
  • Acceleration event
  • 1km Sprint event
  • On-track testing
  • FS-AI Skidpad and Drive events



The culmination of a year's hard work ends in the gruelling Endurance event: which teams will make it to the end of the course and in the fastest time? The ultimate test of drivers and their machines!

  • Endurance Event
  • On-track testing

The Challenge

Formula Student challenges teams from universities across the globe to design, build and drive a Formula Student race car.

Each team goes through a rigorous testing process.


Static Events:

  • Design, Cost and Sustainability, and Business Presentation Judging
  • Technical and Safety Scrutineering
  • Tilt Test
  • Brake and Noise Test

Dynamic Events:

  • Skid Pad (Figure of 8)
  • Sprint
  • Acceleration
  • Endurance 
  • Fuel Economy

Formula Student is a benchmark for real-world experience and each year the best and brightest go on to join Formula One™ teams and leading engineering companies, including Ferrari, Williams Grand Prix Engineering, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, ExxonMobil, MAHLE Powertrains and Bosch

About Silverstone

Home to the British Grand Prix plus numerous other automobile and cycling events, Silverstone is conveniently situated right in the heart of the UK, approximately 90 minutes north of central London and 60 minutes south of Birmingham. Road access is exceptionally easy along the A43 dual carriageway from either the M40 or M1.

By public transport the nearest stations are Northampton, Banbury or Milton Keynes all of which offer fast connections to destinations throughout the country.

See Silverstone on a map and get directions.

Silverstone Circuit
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Formula Student takes place in Silverstone, home to the British Grand Prix plus numerous other automobile and cycling events.

See Silverstone on a map and get directions

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