Silverstone Circuit Guide

Published on: 22 June, 2011
Categories: Circuit Guide
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Silverstone Circuit Guide

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The Silverstone Circuit is located between Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire in Great Britain. It is named after the village Silverstone in Northamptonshire and known as home of the British Grand Prix.

The circuit has a total length of 5,891 km with 18 turns and consists of 5 constructions. The major construction is the Arena Circuit where the British MotoGP and the British Formula 1 Grand Prix are held. This site uses the Arena section which was added in 2009 and used since 2010. The section was added to increase the challenge level of the circuit which was a success as it offers multiple overtaking opportunities. The Grand Prix Circuit used to be the venue for the British Formula 1 Grand Prix before the Arena section was added and has a length of 5,141 km and 17 turns. The International Circuit has a length of 3,619 km and 10 turns. The small National Circuit has a length of 2,638 km and 6 turns. The Stowe Circuit is the smallest configuration and part of the of the original World War II airfield the Silverstone circuit is built on. It has a length of 1,281 km and 5 turns. The last 3 constructions are used for the smaller race events.

Ahead of the 2011 Grand Prix a new pit complex and grandstands were scheduled to be completed as part of a deal for Circuit Silverstone to host the F1 Grand Prix for the next 17 years. This made the straight between the Club and Abbey corners the new Pit Straight. Along with these changes, the Arena section has been renamed ‘Village’.

Abbey
Now the first corner off the start finish straight. A super fast right-hander from the traditional track into the new section

Brooklands and Luffield
Brooklands is where the new section rejoins the old and an awkward slow corner where cars approach in third and drop straight down to second.
Cars can be twitchy as they struggle to maintain their entry speed. A great place to watch practice as Luffield gives a wide view so you can still see Brooklands.

Copse
drivers attempt to hit Copse at 170MPH, fighting crosswinds which are the bane of a drivers life. Depending on fuel load and tyre wear iI may or may not be top end and they may drop to sixth gear. For the pure impression of speed, nothing comes closer.

Maggotts/Becketts/Chapel
One of the classic sequences of corners on the calendar and a true rollercoaster ride. Cars enter at 180MPH in seventh gear and drop down to fourth by the time they exit. Here you maybe get the most vivid picture of an F1 cars’ huge direction change ability with seventh gear downforce grinding the tyres in to the track, allowing the car to simply shrug off a drivers outrageous demands of a sharp right turn close to 180MPH.

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