Silverstone intends to use a new track layout for the 2010 British Grand Prix.
The new circuit will include most of Silverstone’s signature high-speed bends such as Copse, Maggotts, Becketts and Stowe, but not the high-speed Bridge corner.
But a circuit spokesperson told F1 Fanatic he expected the new circuit to be “equally, if not more exciting” than the current version.
Other corners incluing Maggotts and Club will be revised to guarantee the safety of Moto GP riders – but F1 cars will continue to use the existing sections of track.
Moto GP’s governing body, the FIM, has already approved the circuit for use. The FIA will have to approve the new track for F1 cars.
The revised layout, first seen in February this year, replaces the current Abbey chicane with a similar pair of bends which turn in the opposite direction.
That sends the cars into the infield where they flick right before turning sharply left. They miss Bridge and Priory entirely, re-joining the current layout at a wider Brooklands corner.
Better for fans?
The changes should give fans a better view of the action. The stands at Becketts should offer a view of the new hairpin as well as the existing corner. There were also be new viewing areas for spectators.
If the new version is used and not thought successful, the old configuration could be used instead for later races. The British Racing Drivers’ Club has signed a deal to hold the race for the next 17 years.
The last significant change to Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit was in 1997, when Copse, Brooklands and Luffield were re-profiled. A new pit and paddock complex is being planned for the 2011 race.
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Silverstone 2010 F1 track configuration
2010 British Grand Prix