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

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

  1. Harvs said on 7th December 2009, 22:20

    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?

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  2. 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?

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  3. GeeMac said on 8th December 2009, 5:33

    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.

  4. wasiF1 said on 8th December 2009, 6:12

    I hope the racing improve.

  5. John H said on 8th December 2009, 9:40

    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.

  6. ajokay said on 8th December 2009, 10:28

    Autosport have a nice new map of the new circuit…

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

  7. Icthyes said on 8th December 2009, 10:29

    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.

  8. wasiF1 said on 8th December 2009, 11:06

    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?

  9. Zazeems said on 8th December 2009, 12:24

    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!

  10. Timtoo said on 11th December 2009, 7:37

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

  11. Andrew said on 11th December 2009, 16:58

    I have just phoned Silverstone regarding the track layout as I wasn’t sure what tickets to buy and they informed me that the original track will be used for 2010 and the new track from 2011 onwards!

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