Posted on July 1, 2013


Red Bull’s Mark Webber says the team need to launch an investigation into why he struggled to get away cleanly at the start of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Australian, who is leaving the sport at the end of the season, has had good form at Silverstone, winning in 2010 and 2012. But his hopes of a third win in four years were hit when he bogged down at the start – something which has happened to him on numerous occasions over the last few years. As he fell back down the field, he had contact with Lotus’ More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


Red Bull boss Christian Horner say Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is lucky to alive after he narrowly missed being hit by debris from the rear tyre of McLaren’s Sergio Perez which exploded on Hangar Straight during Sunday’s British Grand Prix. Horner’s comments come as Formula 1 comes to terms with the shock of several tyre failures, many which happened at high speed, at Silverstone to raise questions about the drivers’ safety. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Perez all suffered left rear failures. Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez had a left front failure while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, who won More…

Posted on July 1, 2013


Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed his second victory in three races as he triumphed in the British Grand Prix in a race that was dominated by tyre failures and safety cars. Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who won the race in 2010 and 2012, produced a spirited drive to second, having dropped back to 15th after a bad start, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso reduced Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel’s lead in the championship with the final podium place. Rosberg’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had started on pole, recovered from a tyre failure, which dropped him from the lead to the back of More…

Posted on June 30, 2013


Nico Rosberg claimed victory at the British Grand Prix in an extraordinarily eventful race that illustrated Formula One in its greatest and most negative light, with five tyre failures marring what was a spectacular race. Lewis Hamilton was the first victim of a high speed delamination as he led the race in the opening stages and handed the lead to a fast starting Sebastian Vettel. He had managed to jump Rosberg from the start line and inherited the lead on lap eight following Hamilton’s misfortune. There were further tyre failures in the following laps for Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban More…

Posted on June 26, 2013


Reigning world champions Red Bull have claimed victory at Silverstone in three of the last four years and arrive at this weekend’s British Grand Prix as favourites to add to that tally. According to JA on F1 technical adviser and former Williams chief engineer Mark Gillan, the secret behind their success at the Northamptonshire venue is that their car is the best out there in terms of aerodynamic efficiency – something which is crucial on the sweeping terms of Silverstone. “Silverstone is certainly a circuit where better drivers seem to thrive,” said Gillan. “It’s technically quite difficult and very demanding More…

Posted on June 26, 2013


Ferrari are hopeful they can deliver a strong result at this weekend’s British Grand Prix as they believe the F138 will suit the high speed corners of Silverstone. The team are currently second in the constructors’ championship, 56 points adrift of leaders Red Bull while Fernando Alonso is second in the drivers’, 36 behind leader Sebastian Vettel. Alonso’s team-mate Felipe Massa is seventh. Alonso, who won the British Grand Prix in 2011, finished a strong second in Canada and Massa scored a battling eighth but both were hampered by a lack of pace in qualifying, something team principal Stefano Domenicali More…

Posted on June 15, 2013


BRDC president Derek Warwick says that the nightmare of last year’s British Grand Prix still hangs over this year’s event, but hopes that fans will turn out this year and support the event for the long term. Tickets sales are down this year in a season which has yet to see a British race winner. There are also bad memories from last year’s event where torrential rain caused chaos. Many fans were asked not to attend on Saturday so the organisers could get the car parks ready for race day. Around 400 public events were cancelled in the UK that More…

Posted on May 1, 2013


Ticket sales for this year’s British Grand Prix are down on this time last year, according to the circuit’s managing director Richard Phillips. There are a number of factors to blame for the slow take up of tickets this year, including lack of British winners in 2013 as well as bad memories and bad publicity hanging over from last year’s event, where torrential rain led to chaos; many fans were asked not to attend on Saturday in order that the operators could repair the circuit’s car parks for race day. Around 400 public events were cancelled in the UK that More…

Posted on July 10, 2012

The Strategy Report

The British Grand Prix was a tense strategic battle between Red Bull and Ferrari. They went different ways on race strategy and ultimately Red Bull prevailed, Webber passing Alonso five laps from the end. So could Alonso and Ferrari have held on for the win if they had played the strategy differently? That’s one of the questions we’ll be addressing. The challenge of McLaren was blunted again, Lewis Hamilton losing ground on his championship rivals while Lotus again scored strongly with both cars as Grosjean did a unique strategy on Sunday. Background to the race Heavy rain during practice and More…

Posted on July 8, 2012


[Updated] Despite setting the fastest time this season for a pit stop, with a 2.4 second stop in Valencia, McLaren has had its fair share of problems this season in the pits. And in today’s British Grand Prix they were under pressure again as they were faced the the possibility of having to use a stand in on the right rear corner of the car after the regular mechanic was injured in Valencia during the safety car period stop which went wrong for the team and lost Hamilton track position to Alonso. Apparently the Ferrari chief mechanic who operates the More…

Posted on July 7, 2012


Fernando Alonso survived a spin in Q1, a yellow flag in Q2 and picked the right moment in Q3 to set the pole lap for the British Grand Prix. It was the Spaniard’s first pole position since Singapore 2010, as he edged out Mark Webber by 5/100ths of a second with Michael Schumacher third. In a rain delayed qualifying session Alonso used all his experience and guile to be in the right place at the right time to take his 21st pole position. During the 10 minute final shoot out the timesheets changed constantly with Webber, Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton More…

Posted on July 6, 2012


The first day of the British Grand Prix weekend brought the wash out that had been feared yesterday. And on Friday night Silverstone bosses were forced to call for fans not to travel to the track on Saturday, to give them a chance to prepare the car parks for Sunday. It’s been a very tough and embarrassing weekend for Silverstone. Although standing water on track was blamed for the lack of running, many drivers also said that tyre allocations, whereby FIA Sporting Regulations allow for only three sets of wet tyres per car, meant that teams were reluctant to cover More…

Posted on July 3, 2012


So far this season we have seen quite a number of races won on race strategy and with uncertain conditions forecast for Silverstone and cool temperatures making the behaviour of the tyres unpredictable, it should be another interesting weekend. As always there are many things for the teams to consider when planning how they attack the weekend. Here’s how we see it: Silverstone is loved by the drivers and engineers because of the many high speed corners it offers. It provides a rigorous test of aerodynamic efficiency, like Barcelona. The track was built on a wartime airfield and is in More…

Posted on July 12, 2011


This year through various competitions and initiatives, JA on F1 sent 14 F1 fans to the British Grand Prix, who would not have been able to go otherwise. And we also ran a competition for a JA on F1 reader to have use of a Fanvision G3 handheld device for the weekend. Ian Joyner was the lucky winner of that one and here is his feedback: Ian Joyner writes: “With the combination of a half wet track and this year’s Pirelli-enduced multiple pitstop races, the G3 made all the difference in being able to read the race as it unfolded. More…

Posted on July 9, 2011


Mark Webber took pole position for the British Grand Prix ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso in third just a tenth of second off pole position. The McLarens were over a second behind with Jenson Button, while Lewis Hamilton was disappointed to be down in 10th place for his home Grand Prix. Webber said that the front row lock out didn’t prove anything after the row over the throttle mapping in the run up to qualifying. At an emergency meeting of the Technical Working group it was decided that the cars would all run with 10% More…

Posted on July 15, 2010


The British Grand Prix at Silverstone was the first race on the new circuit layout and we had some great racing. There were some interesting tactical calls, made both before and during the race, which affected the outcome. As far as race tactics are concerned, the strategy was decided for the top ten teams by the qualifying rules, so having all opted to qualify on the faster soft tyre, they were obliged to start the race on it. All the other runners outside the top ten, who had a choice, did the same, with the exception of the Force India More…

Posted on July 13, 2010


Ibrahim Patel won the FX Pro competition here on the JA on F1 site for grandstand tickets to the British Grand Prix and a paddock visit to the Virgin Racing team. I met up with him in the paddock on Saturday shortly after the final practice session. Here is his account of his experience: Ibrahim Patel writes: “Me and my brother being long time F1 followers really looked forward to this weekend, ever since Q1 at Valencia thanks to Lucas and his great lap to beat Timo for the first time of the year. The experience was just amazing, especially More…

Posted on July 13, 2010


The British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone seems to have resonated with many people as something very special. It certainly felt that way to me – a real shot in the arm for the sport in the UK. And to think we nearly lost Silverstone as a venue. The weather played its part and the action on track was fantastic. The millions who viewed on TV could see that this was a great weekend, with the revamped Silverstone displaying a confidence about itself, thanks to its long contract with F1 and the fans turning out in numbers. The 85,000 crowd More…

Posted on July 12, 2010


It was one of the most exciting British Grands Prix for a while, with lots of overtaking, partly due to the circuit layout changes. There were some strong performances this weekend throughout the field. Who is your Driver of the Day? Mark Webber Missed out on pole by a tenth, got a better start from the dirty side and held a firm line through the opening corners to resist Vettel’s counterattack. Couldn’t shake off Hamilton, but the fastest laps chart shows that the Red Bull had more speed if he needed it, so it was a managed race from Webber. More…

Posted on July 11, 2010


Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix today and afterwards radioed the team to say, “Not bad for a number two driver” – a comment on the anger he still clearly feels about the team switching the front wings yesterday before qualifying. Lewis Hamilton had a very strong afternoon in the McLaren, finishing in second place despite the difficulties the team had this weekend with the blown diffuser package and with general handling problems. Nico Rosberg finished third. It was also a great day for the revamped Silverstone circuit which showed that the changes really have promoted overtaking. There were More…

Posted on July 10, 2010


Sebastian Vettel took his fifth pole position of the season ahead of team mate Mark Webber as Red Bull opened up a yawning gap over its competitors, but afterwards it emerged that the two cars were not in the same specification. Red Bull had two of its new specification front wings at Silverstone. Vettel’s was damaged in an incident during free practice this morning, where the mounting broke as he turned into the new Abbey corner. Team principal Christian Horner said that he had to take the difficult decision to give the other one to Vettel for qualifying, based on More…

Posted on July 9, 2010


Mark Webber topped the times on day one of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone. In front of a record crowd for a Friday of 85,000 people, the Aussie who survived the worst accident of the season so far in Valencia, was on the pace in a chassis Sebastian Vettel rejected after problems in Spain and Monaco. Webber has clearly got himself motivated for this weekend with the idea of beating Vettel in this chassis and it will make qualifying very interesting tomorrow. Fernando Alonso set the second fastest time of the day on the fourth lap of a More…

Posted on July 8, 2010


Here is a video I posted in early May when Martin and I did a shoot day up at the new Silverstone circuit. For those who missed it then, it is an in depth look at the new corners on the revised Silverstone circuit. We look closely at what has been lost, such as the classic Bridge corner, and what as been gained. See if you agree with our views. Let us know yours.

Posted on July 6, 2010


Thanks very much to everyone who entered the British Grand Prix grandstand seats competition to win two pairs of tickets for this weekend, one for qualifying day and one for race day. We had almost 1,000 entries. The seats are courtesy of Santander, the British Grand Prix sponsor and the backer of last week’s Fans’ Forum. All you had to do to win the tickets for each day was to guess which row and which two seat numbers in the Copse A grandstand you would be sitting in. We had a massive entry, with lots of people in the hunt More…

Posted on July 6, 2010


The final video from last week’s FOTA Fans’ Forum, powered by Santander, looks ahead to this weekend’s British Grand Prix, with perspectives from McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Force India and Lotus and features vox pops from after the event from the fans who attended and from the panelists.

Posted on July 5, 2010


Here is an exclusive Jenson Button British Grand Prix preview for JA on F1 readers. It’s video we shot at the Westfield Shoping Centre in London last Thursday evening, a few hours after the Fans’ Forum ended – busy day! The reigning world champion, previews the race at Silverstone for us. He talks about what he found when he drove the new Silverstone layout on the McLaren simulator, describes the “buzz” of arriving at Silverstone both as world champion and in the thick of the fight for this year’s title and talks about the confidence he feels since winning the More…

Posted on July 4, 2010


It’s the British Grand Prix a week today and as a last minute chance to get there yourself, I have two pairs of fantastic grandstand seats to give away courtesy of Santander, the event title sponsor and the backer of this week’s FOTA Fans’ Forum. I have two tickets for qualifying on Saturday in the Platinum standard Copse A grandstand and a further two in the same stand but different seats, for the Grand Prix on Sunday. The seats give you a great view of the start/finish as well as the 190mph Copse corner and the run down to Maggotts/Becketts. More…

Posted on May 3, 2010


Following on from the video of an on board lap of the new Silverstone Grand Prix track I posted on Thursday, in this latest film Martin Brundle and I take a more in depth look at the new corners, which will feature in this year’s British Grand Prix on July 11th. Judging from the response of many fans to the on board video, there is some concern that in adding the new section at the expense of the old Bridge corner and Abbey Chicane, the circuit may have lost some of its character and challenge. There are also questions about More…

Posted on April 29, 2010


Today I had the unique opportunity to drive around the new Silverstone circuit as a passenger in a 2 seater with my old friend and sparring partner Martin Brundle at the wheel. It was drizzling and quite greasy when we were out there, but you still get a feel for the flow of the track and the exciting new sequence of corners, starting with the astonishing new Abbey curve. This video is the first onboard lap showing the new corners at racing speeds, with a live commentary for JA on F1 users by Martin himself. Early next week you will More…

Posted on April 28, 2010


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 More…

Posted on December 7, 2009


Silverstone is hosting a press conference in London this morning, with BRDC president Damon Hill due to announce that a deal has been struck with Bernie Ecclestone for the race to stay at the Northamptonshire track until 2026. The deal has a break clause after 10 years. The olive branch offered by Ecclestone, which swung the deal as far as Silverstone was concerned, was a reduction in the compound interest due on the deal each year, which will save Silverstone a significant amount of money. The starting fee to host the race is £12 million for 2010, rising to £16.8 More…

Posted on August 29, 2009


Donington appears on the draft F1 calendar for 2010 on July 11th as the home of the British Grand Prix, but the next hurdle it has to overcome next month is to prove to F1′s commercial rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, that it has the funding to run the race. Recycling a quote from a couple of months ago, I’ll remind you of what Bernie said about Donington to Bob McKenzie of the Daily Express, “They have got until the end of September to produce a bank guarantee and their contract depends on that. If they don’t, it’s adios amigos.” “I’m More…

Posted on June 21, 2009


Sebastian Vettel put in a peerless performance today to win the British Grand Prix, his second victory of the season and the third of his brief career. He turns 22 next week. Red Bull Racing have made a big improvement to their car, but there is no doubt that the circuit and the conditions played to their strengths and Brawn’s weaknesses. The Brawn drivers were struggling, relatively speaking, Button had a tougher time than Barrichello, but it was interesting that none of the other cars was fast enough to beat the Brawn to the podium. The question then is, will More…

Posted on June 20, 2009


The fuel weights have been published for the British Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel is in even better shape than he looked after qualifying. The Red Bull has taken a huge step forward this weekend and Vettel took the pole with four laps more fuel in the car than Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn. Vettel will stop on lap 23. For once the luck was with him too, because his Red Bull team mate Mark Webber had set the fastest time after the first runs in qualifying, but hit traffic on his decisive lap in the form of Kimi Raikkonen, so the More…

Posted on April 24, 2009


Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that the British Grand Prix will disappear from the F1 calendar if Donington does not manage to put the race on next season. Yesterday Simon Gillett’s Donington Ventures group, the promoter of the event at the Midlands circuit, suffered a major blow when legal proceedings were launched by the circuit’s owners, Wheatcroft and Son for £2.5 million in unpaid rent. The Wheatcrofts are also seeking forfeiture of the 150 year lease. Ecclestone said that he had spoken to Gillett during the day and attacked the British Government for not investing in one of its largest annual More…

Posted on April 23, 2009


I’ve just received the item below in my inbox. It relates to a law suit which veteran Donington circuit owner Tom Wheatcroft has filed against the Donington Ventures company of Simon Gillett, who has a contract to stage the British Grand Prix from 2010 onwards. “Wheatcroft & Son Limited, the owners of Donington Park motor racing circuit, have issued legal proceedings against Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd, the operators of the circuit, seeking £2.47m in rent arrears and forfeiture of the circuit lease. Lawyers at Browne Jacobson LLP, acting on behalf of their client Wheatcroft & Son Limited, issued the proceedings More…

Posted on February 11, 2009


Donington CEO Simon Gillett went on a charm offensive today, responding to what he sees as a barrage of negativity about Donington’s claims to host the GP in 2010. It’s been quite an emotional day, what with Grandprix.com’s Joe Saward making a passionate defence of the project this morning. Gillett had been well coached in what line to take today. He went for the ‘I’m just an honest guy trying to make a buck’ approach, and reminded everyone that so far, everything he said he would do he has done. The problem for him is that from relative obscurity he More…



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