A former airfield, Silverstone hosted the first race of the new World Championship in 1950 and retains a special place in the hearts of many fans. Usually replete with a partisan home crowd, Silverstone is a fast, flowing circuit with many sweeping corners which provides a true test for the drivers.
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The flat-out left-hander at turn one known as Abbey will provide even more of a test for 2018, as a DRS zone located down the start/finish straight means that those drivers with the system activated may be able to keep it open all the way down to turn three.
The former first corner on the old Silverstone layout, Copse is a demanding and fast right-hander. Drivers have to be careful not to run too wide on the exit as the kerbs can be slippery and upset the car.
A legendary sequence of corners, Maggots, Becketts, and Chapel are some of the most awe-inspiring places to watch these machines anywhere in the world as they display incredible changes of direction before heading down the Hangar Straight.
Coming at the end of the long Hangar Straight, Stowe is a great overtaking opportunity as the drivers hit the brakes before the right-hander near the end of the lap.
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Q: How challenging is the track on a low-med-high scale?
A: With high-speeds and a good amount of the lap spent at full throttle, Silverstone is a challenge in terms of fuel consumption and demands on the engine.
Q: What challenges do you face as a team?
A: As a regular fixture on the calendar, Silverstone provides little in the way of surprises for our Track Lab team. The new paddock complex, opened in 2011, ensures there is plenty of space in which to work.
In 1951, Scuderia Ferrari celebrated its first victory in the World Championship here at Silverstone. It was one of many successes in the long partnership with Shell that has amassed 12 World Drivers’ Championship and 10 Constructors’ Championships thus far.
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