Silverstone to use “more exciting” Moto GP track for 2010 F1 race (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Silverstone 2010 F1 track layout
Silverstone 2010 F1 track layout

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.

What do you think of the revised Silverstone circuit?

Silverstone 2010 F1 track configuration

2010 British Grand Prix

74 comments on “Silverstone to use “more exciting” Moto GP track for 2010 F1 race (Pictures)”

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  1. @Robert McKay

    The new first section at the Nurburgring and pieces of track like it have a name…


  2. Well, it doesn’t look that bad.
    But we miss Abbey “S”, which is difficult and interesting, and the great Bridge-Priory sequence.
    I hope the new Abbey “S” is quick and technique enough, not a double low speed jump on the kerbs as, fer example, Monza’s one, and above all I hope the new hairpin is not a hairpin actually, but a quick bend as the old Beckett was.
    At the end I’d say it’s not that bad, even if I’m wondering if Silverstone actually needed some lay-out modifications.

  3. Great news….unless you happen to be associated with Donington. Well done Bernie, a really brave attempt to rebuild a great British track ruined by FOM greed…thank goodness Tom isn’t alive to see the mess you’ve left.

    1. It might have helped if Donington had some pennies in the bank before signing the contract. They couldn’t have afforded a deal even half as good as Silverstone’s, which is itself pretty good by F1 market terms.

      Donington’s owners shot themselves in the foot.

  4. I think I’m liking the new track. Obviously the number of laps in the race will be shorter as the lap length would appear to be longer. Also this development wont require much work either, as the second part (or the back straight) of the track is already there for the “national” or BTCC circuit.

    Looks like it’ll be a big test on brakes as well, long straights into tight, slow corners. That’ll be an interesting challenge for the drivers with a full tank to start.

    I’ll reserve judgement until we’ve had a bit of running on the track, but I think I like it.

  5. One of the reasons I hoped the race would stay at Silverstone was because the track has probably one of the best flow of corners on any F1 track, would a new hairpin after coming out of a chicane after Abbey really help overtaking?

  6. I’ll reserve judgement, assuming the Tilkinator hasn’t got his paws on this particular re-design…

  7. I saw in Autosport there was a different variant of the moto GP circuit for the F1 cars proposed.

    The Abbey corner was much quicker and the arrowhead had become a tighter right followed by a longer left.

    Did anybody else see this??

  8. Prisoner Monkeys
    7th December 2009, 20:56

    I like it. Everything from Abbey to Woodcote has been single-file chicanery until now. Hopefully this will make things a little more excitng.

  9. we must realise that the straight leading up to the new hairpin area and the straight leading away from it are both not new designs. they’re part of the existing international and national layouts.

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      7th December 2009, 22:02

      That’s the beauty of it: Silverstone were able to get away with a major configuration change – arguably the largest they’ve ever seen – with a bare minimum off effort and expense.

  10. Sadly, club racers have lost the cracking “International” circuit option, which incorporated Bridge.

    1. The international course wasn’t getting as much use as it used to, which I understand is to do with noise restrictions and the extent to which it impinges on other activities happening at the circuit at the same time. Series like the BTCC have been using the national course instead.

    2. yeah I used to play Toca 2 touring cars on it! was a great layout.

  11. the “new” corner from abbey looks like a melbourne park corner and the next corner after that looks like something from bahrain? does it mean longer lap times, thus less race laps?

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      7th December 2009, 23:00

      It’s almost certainly going to produce a longer circuit length; the new section is twice as long as the route it bypasses. However, it’s also pretty quick. The old section was slow through Abbey and down into Priory and the like, but the new secton is made up of two long straights and some fast, flowing bends. While it’s likely to produce a longer lap time, it’s not going to be dramatically long. Maybe a second or two, but no more. It really depends on how the new configuration is built; there’s been a few different diagrams submitted.

  12. I like this new layout, and the new corner could surely be called Hill, Moss or Stewart? It;s about we named a corner after a motor racing legend.

    What is this I hear about the start/finish line being moved Keith?

    1. Prisoner Monkeys
      8th December 2009, 1:26

      The plan is for the Start/Finish Line and pits to be moved for 2011. They’ll be relocated from the front straght to the section between Club and the first corner of the new section.

      I believe the reasoning for this is that it will increase visiblity in the new “arena” section. As it stands, the current pit buildings and paddock block the view of the new section from the grandstands; by moving the Start/Finish Line to Club Corner and placing the new pits on the outside of the circuit, visibility will be improved. You’ll be able to see more of the cars, and for longer.

  13. The loss of Bridge isn’t all that bad, it wasn’t much of a challenge in modern F1 cars. If they has messed with Copse, Maggots or Becketts, then I’d be angry!

    Doesn’t look too bad on the whole.

  14. I hope the racing improve.

  15. I think it will be good.

    I’ve always thought bridge was overrated, but that’s just my own view. At least it will be something different and probably interesting.

    It also means two sub-tracks are more easily configured now.

  16. Autosport have a nice new map of the new circuit…

    any idea where we can find a nice big version of this image anywhere?

  17. Still needs a few tweaks, but definitely improved. Bridge is lost, but we’ve also lost two boring corners and a chicane for a slightly faster one and one tight corner.

    I hope they don’t move the start/finish line, just extending the current straight would be enough, but it if is to move I would hope it’s put where many minor formulae start, that is on the Hangar Straight.

  18. President of Formula One Management, Bernie Ecclestone, said: “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with Silverstone for the retention of the British Grand Prix. This will ensure that Great Britain will remain on the Formula One calendar for many years to come, which is something I have personally always wanted to see happen. The team at Silverstone already knows how to organise a good event, so now everyone can look forward to next summer at Silverstone.”

    Did he really mean it?

  19. Love the layout on autosport, abbey as a sweeping right left. I really hope thats the one they use; it’ll be exciting and offer more overtaking. Yay!

  20. No tickets for Club corner? :(, best place for overtaking moves and no tickets?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? (saw 2009 race from there, took 700 od photos, amazing!!

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