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

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

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

  1. Two more spots to pass backmarkers: two braking zones into single-line corners that the cars will gobble up in 100 meters and less time than in takes to clear your throat—meaning that nothing can pass a car there short of a tank round.

    Is there not a thought for the loss of continuity? It’s great to have new tracks but they need to be counterbalanced with maintaining the history of the great tracks. It was bad enough when Silverstone was neutered with the current heap of chicanes so its time to stop monkeying around with the layout. Just after the sweeper at Bridge earns its place in the cannon of great and tricky corners at at great track, it’s replaced by another lame, fiddly Tilke-hairpin. The corner should be dubbed Langweilig Kurve, so he gets the picture.

  2. Robert McKay said on 7th December 2009, 18:35

    Either way they need to get on and make a decision, surely. They’ve lost a lot of time pfaffing with all this “are we getting it nonsense”, so they’ve not been able to start promoting it properly.

    And people want to know where they’re buying grandstand tickets for, corner-wise – there’s already someone above who is wondering this.

  3. Maciek said on 7th December 2009, 19:01

    The layout shown on the Silverstone site actually looks better I think, it’s just that their graphic is bad. The one here feels… Tilke-fied.

    Side note:I didn’t know there was a corner named Maggotts… hahaha.

  4. Who did the design work on these new corners??

  5. *palmface*

    No no no no no….

  6. Zazeems said on 7th December 2009, 19:47

    @Robert McKay

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


  7. David said on 7th December 2009, 20:06

    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.

  8. steve said on 7th December 2009, 20:07

    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.

    • Robert McKay said on 7th December 2009, 22:02

      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.

  9. James said on 7th December 2009, 20:08

    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.

  10. sulzerpower said on 7th December 2009, 20:27

    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?

  11. James_mc said on 7th December 2009, 20:28

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

  12. John Edwards said on 7th December 2009, 20:51

    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??

  13. Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  14. sato113 said on 7th December 2009, 21:19

    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.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  15. MGBracer said on 7th December 2009, 22:02

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

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th December 2009, 22:34

      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.

    • sato113 said on 7th December 2009, 22:38

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

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