2016 Track Preview: British Grand Prix, Silverstone

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren, Red Bull and Haas F1 managed to get some much needed points for their respective teams last weekend.

The Silverstone circuit is 5.89 kilometers long and features 18 corners, ten right-handers and eight left-handers. Since 2010, the track layout includes the new Arena complex, a section between Abbey corner and Brooklands which offers three additional overtaking opportunities. The track’s length was increased by 759 meters.

Becketts is probably the most impressive corner with a 290 km/h bend which leads into a challenging complex. If you want to be quick at Silverstone you have to be driving a car with extremely good aerodynamic balance.

Silverstone is a historic motor sport place and the British fans are really enthusiastic about Formula One. Several teams count the British Grand Prix as their home race, since they are based in UK. Every driver and team wants to win in front of home crowd, friends and family. Usually a lot of staff from the teams goes to the race and there is always a special atmosphere which all the teams enjoy.

The area was previously a Second World War Royal Air Force airfield. In October 1948 the Royal Automobile Club arranged the first racing event, the RAC Grand Prix. The winner of the race was Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati who recorded an average speed of 116 km/h to claim the first prize of £500.

The circuit at Silverstone still holds the prestigious record of being the first-ever venue for a Formula One race in the official Formula One World Championship, the 1950 British Grand Prix. Winner was Italian Giuseppe Nino Farina in an Alfa Romeo ahead of his team mates Luigi Fagioli and Reg Parnell.

On F1 race day; a number of visitors travel to the circuit by helicopter, enough to make Silverstone Heliport the busiest airport in the country for this day. This track is very popular among race enthusiasts and there are race meetings and events all year round. It is also possible to test your own skills by renting a car at the Silverstone Circuit.

Here are the facts and figures going into the race weekend…

Facts and Figures

  • Silverstone has hosted the Grand Prix in Britain since 1926, even though the first Formula One race was in 1950.
  • Jim Clark and Alain Prost are the most successful drivers to win the Grand Prix with five wins each.
  • Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver currently to win the Grand Prix with three wins
  • Ferrari is the most successful constructors to win the Grand Prix with fifteen wins.
  • Race distance: 306.19km (190.26 miles)
  • Number of turns:18
  • Top speed: 300kph
  • Lap record: Fernando Alonso- Ferrari (2011)- 1.34.908

Winners from last 5 British Grand Prix:-

  • 2011-Fernando Alonso
  • 2012-Mark Webber
  • 2013- Nico Rosberg
  • 2014- Lewis Hamilton
  • 2015- Lewis Hamilton

My top five finishers of the British Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the British Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Max Verstappen
  5. Daniel Ricciardo

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieve in the first eight Grand Prixs, I believe that Rosberg will want to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he maintain the lead of the championship that he has even though his performance in Baku last week wasn’t what we all expected.

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend and regain the gap that Rosberg has over him while maintain the championship gap over to Sebastian Vettel who I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this year; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently. And finally, I believe that Verstappen and Ricciardo could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and Channel Four also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 9.45pm and 1.45pm, [Replays throughout Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45pm and 12.00pm, [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30pm
  • Channel Four- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 9.55am and 1.55pm, Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.55am and 12.00pm, Sunday (Race) 12.00pm
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