What Makes Silverstone So Unique?
With Formula 1 venturing into new regions and regularly showcasing modern city circuits, Silverstone is one of the few remaining ‘traditional’ tracks that bring decades of heritage.
It started life after the Second World War when the Royal Automobile Club linked the outer taxiways and interconnecting runways to host the British Grand Prix in 1948.
Since then, it has grown in reputation but the layout today mostly remains the same – except for a change in 2010 that created the new Arena complex of corners at Turns 3, 4 and 5.
Fortunately, they kept best part of the lap and most drivers relish the opportunity to take on the high-speed corners in Sector 2.
It’s critical that drivers take a tight line through the slow Turn 6 and Turn 7 combination. A clean exit is vital for the following long, flowing straight where drivers don’t touch the brakes for 40 seconds.
Next is the truly legendary Copse-Maggotts-Becketts combination that is a sight for any spectator to behold. It’s a place where drivers push their cars to the limits and look to combine aerodynamics with sheer bravery.
The cars approach Copse at top speed and bring momentum into the Maggotts and Becketts sweepers before accelerating out of Chapel and then on to the Hangar straight.
McLaren’s Jenson Button – coming off a great result in Austria – has been racing at Silverstone for 16 years and always enjoys returning to his home track.
“The high-speed corners are great fun, and, whatever your car’s level of competitiveness, you can’t help but smile as you drive through Copse, Maggotts and Becketts because it’s so fast through there.”
“Silverstone is one of my highlights of the year.”
“Finishing on the podium at the British Grand Prix is top of my ‘to do’ list in F1. I’ve achieved pretty much everything else that I set out to do in F1, but I’ve never stood on the podium at Silverstone. I really want to do that and it would feel like a victory if I were to achieve it.”
Hamilton and Rosberg Resume Battle
Lewis Hamilton will this weekend attempt to create history and equal Nigel Mansell’s British record of four F1 wins at Silverstone.
But likely at the forefront of his mind is the end of the Austrian race and his close Championship contest with fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.
Despite ongoing orders to avoid contact, Hamilton and Rosberg had yet another incident – this time on the closing lap at Austria.
The Englishman was aiming to overtake on the outside at Turn 2 but Rosberg braked late forcing a collision and pushing Hamilton off the track. Hamilton was unscathed and took the victory while Rosberg crawled to the finish line to end in fourth.
There have been plenty of recriminations after Austria. Rosberg said he let enough room; Hamilton blamed Rosberg for not turning; and Team Principal Toto Wolff described the incident as “brainless”, saying “I am fed up with trying to analyse it. I just don’t want any contact.”
One thing is certain: Hamilton will be buoyed by his win and will get motivation from his home English crowd, while Rosberg will not be giving an inch in his fight to claim the title.
The race will start at 13:00 local time and will run over 52 laps.