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Big day ahead for Silverstone
Posted By: James Allen  |  28 Apr 2010   |  10:40 pm GMT  |  13 comments

Thursday sees the launch of the new Silverstone circuit layout, with an exciting new sequence of corners in the second half of the lap.

It is set to keep Silverstone as one of the fastest tracks on the F1 calendar, behind only Monza in terms of average lap speed at the same time as introducing some more overtaking places and some interesting technical challenges, not to mention more spectator places.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone last year secured its place on the F1 calendar for at least the next 10 years and up to 15 years and this latest development springs from that. The next step will be a new pit and paddock complex for 2011.

I will be at the launch event tomorrow and we have some very exciting and exclusive content planned so make sure you check in tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.

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  1. Trent says:

    I hope it’s as good as you describe – I was a little concerned that even Damon Hill said some time back that the changes may not be exciting for drivers. It’s certainly a shame to see the end of Bridge corner.

    By the way, there was talk from the Indian GP organisers that the new track near Delhi would be the second fastest behind Monza. The circuit maps floating around on the internet do not support this comment. Anyone know the truth?

  2. Vaughan M says:

    Whilst being able to understand requirements for certain track redesigns I’m finding it increasingly annoying that there are hardly any tracks which remain consistent from year to year.

    I love the statistics of this sport and it frustrates me when they’re ruined. It would be great to be able to go and have a look at a track such as Silverstone and look at the fastest lap times over a period of (say) 20 years knowing that the track has not changed – only the cars. Thus, being able to gauge how much the cars have sped up over said period.

  3. john Mccurdy says:

    Are you going to have a ride in Santander’s two seater? have fun if you do.

  4. Red5 says:

    Looking forward to this as I expect are many of the drivers. Glad to see that the circuit hasn’t been castrated by adding tight hairpins and slowing the cars. We need fast, flowing circuits like this to sort the real men from the pretenders. Tradition aside, the first set of corners look fantastic from the on-board camera. And the English fans are some of the most knowledgeable.

    Lewis and Jenson will have to raise their game this year, England expects. Can’t wait to see how the psychological battle plays out over the race weekend.

  5. Ben says:

    I recently drove around the South Circuit at Silverstone (Sunday) which uses the new part of the track and the new corners are really good fun, especially Ireland, a sharp right hander. There were also slight elevation changes and the addition of the main straight from the national circuit means this should be an excellent upgrade to the circuit, the most significant since 1991.

    What is interesting is that the figures Silverstone has previously released for a lap time suggest a slightly faster average speed than Monza. It would be great for Silverstone to regain it’s title as the fastest track on the circuit.

  6. Nathan says:

    We can expect plenty of bland, grey tarmac run offs, then?

    Excellent! Just what we wanted.

    1. JR says:

      Nah; they should reinstate straw bales and fuel tanks that burst on impact. They were much more fun.

  7. Really looking forward to seeing the new plans!

  8. Mark V says:

    I’ve seen the pictures at Silverstone’s website. My guess is the two hairpin-like turns in the arena section after a fast section (Ireland?)are designed so if a car outbrakes another to pass at the first corner, they could overcook it and go too wide allowing for a retake of position on the next corner. If it works out that way it would be a pretty cool addition. Looks like they could fit 50000 or more people around that Arena/Maggots-Becketts-Chapel section alone.

  9. R.B. says:

    Renault and Ferrari hurried to offer their KERS technology to the grid, but why?
    Do they need the 1 million euro so bad?
    Why is not the KERS of McLaren 2009 on sale as well. It was by far superior to anything else out there.

    Interesting development on the some teams suddenly pushing for KERS to return…
    sorry for the offtopic:)

  10. Jason C says:

    Good on them, after all the years of wrangling with each other and with Bernie.

    I’m glad it’s still a fast circuit, but let’s wait and see how the new section drives.

  11. Gilles says:

    The modifications look a lot better than those introduced for Bahrain !
    It seems they’ve come up with something that truly enhances the track. Well done to them and let’s hope it pans out that way come the GP.

  12. Nicollers says:

    Will they make use of the existing tracks (used in the BTTC calendar) to save money, or lay down some brand new tarmac??

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