We take a look at where each F1 team is based and also answer why so many F1 teams are based in the UK.
Where Are Each F1 Teams Based?
Each Formula One team has one main HQ, where the cars are designed, developed, and built. Often the team’s factories also include the business side of the team, such as operations, marketing & finance.
|Hinwil, Switzerland 🇨🇭
|Faenza, Italy 🇮🇹
|Enstone, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
|Silverstone, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
|Maranello, Italy 🇮🇹
|Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA 🇺🇸
|Woking, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
|Brackley, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
|Milton Keynes, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
|Grove, United Kingdom 🇬🇧
F1 Teams Based In The UK (British F1 Teams)
Six out of the ten F1 teams are based in the UK. All of the UK teams are based near each other, mainly in the surrounding areas of Silverstone.
Which F1 teams are based in the UK?
- Alpine (Enstone)
- Aston Martin (Silverstone)
- McLaren (Woking)
- Mercedes (Brackley)
- Red Bull (Milton Keynes)
- Williams (Grove)
F1 UK-based teams location map
Alpine – Enstone, Oxfordshire
The Alpine factory in Enstone has existed since 1991, where it has been home to multiple constructors, such as Benneton and Renault.
When Renault re-entered F1 in 2016, they inherited the factory after buying out the Lotus F1 team.
The French car manufacturer then rebranded their F1 team to Alpine, which is a sister brand of Renault.
On top of their base in Enstone, Alpine also has a team based in Paris that produces the engines for the car.
Aston Martin – Silverstone, Northamptonshire
The Aston Martin F1 team, which was rebranded from Racing Point in 2021, operates from its headquarters in Silverstone.
The HQ is currently undergoing major redevelopment, with the team’s owner, Lawrence Stroll, investing nearly £200m to build the brand new state-of-the-art factory.
The current factory is a little outdated, as it hasn’t had much love since its opening in 1991 with the Jordan team. The Silverstone-based team aims to move into the new factory mid-way through the 2023 season.
McLaren – Woking, Surrey
The McLaren Technology Centre is home to all of the McLaren Group’s activities and companies, such as McLaren Racing and the production arm of McLaren (McLaren Automotive).
There are up to 1000 people who work in the MTC, and the BBC reported it cost McLaren £300 million to build back in 2003.
Mercedes – Brackley, Northamptonshire
Mercedes have been based in Brackley since it joined Formula One in 2010. The headquarters was the former headquarters of Brawn GP & BAR (British American Racing), and was part of the deal when Mercedes bought out Brawn GP.
Red Bull – Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
The Red Bull Technology factory has been home to Red Bull F1 since the energy drinks company bought the Jaguar racing team from Ford.
Willians – Grove, Oxfordshire
The Williams team moved to their headquarters in Grove in 1996, moving from their old home in Didcot. The F1 factory is also in the same location as the Williams Advanced Engineering facility, which has helped produce custom cars for James Bond films and develops the batteries used in Formula E.
Where Are The Other F1 Teams Based?
Ferarri – Maranello, Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Scuderia Ferrari is based in Maranello, which is the historic home of Ferrari. Even today, Maranello produces all the road cars Ferrari makes.
AlphaTauri – Faenza, Emilia-Romagna (Italy)
Considering AlphaTauri (formerly Torro Rosso) are a sister team of Red Bull, you would be mistaken to think that they would be based in either Milton Keynes or Austria.
The energy drink-backed team are based in Italy due to their purchase of Minardi, which raced in F1 from 1985 – 2005. When Red Bull bought the team, which was initially used to accelerate Red Bull’s success in the sport, they chose to remain in the former Minardi HQ, and have been based there ever since.
Alfa Romeo – Hinwil, Switzerland
Alfa Romeo is run by the Sauber Motorsport Group, which started in Switzerland in 1970, where the Sauber team have operated from ever since.
Do F1 Drivers Have To Live Near The HQ?
Drivers don’t need to live near the team’s headquarters, although some drivers do to ensure they are better integrated into the wider team. Carlos Sainz, for example, lived near Woking during his time in McLaren, and when he moved to Ferarri he moved closer to their headquarters.
The majority of the drivers on the grid live in Monaco, with part of the reason being it’s not far from their team’s HQs, especially if they drive for a team based in the UK.