The 2010 British Grand Prix will take place on Silverstone’s new ‘Arena’ circuit in 2010, the circuit has confirmed, after gaining approval from Formula One Management.
The race organisers say the new circuit, built at a cost of ¬£5m, will provide a better experience for fans in 2010.
It cuts out the Abbey chicane and Bridge and Priory corners, replacing them with a new sequence of fast bends and a pair of tight corners which will be in view from the Becketts grandstand. The new configuration will have to be homologated by the FIA before this year’s F1 race.
Here’s how the new and old tracks compare:
|Track||Silverstone ‘Arena’ (2010)||Silverstone 2009|
|Length||5.9km (3.666 miles)||5.14km (3.194 miles)|
|Turns (R/L)||18 (10/8)||17 (10/7)|
With the lap length increasing expect the number of laps in this year’s F1 race to fall from 60 to 52.
The estimated lap time for the new circuit in an F1 car is 1’23.13. Last year’s pole position time by Sebastian Vettel was 1’19.509.
A new pit and paddock complex will be built in time for the 2011 race. It will include new garages, race control building, media centre, hospitality, VIP spectator areas and a primary paddock.
Managing director Richard Phillips said:
The new sections of circuit were initially brought in to comply with Moto GP safety regulations, but the “Arena Complex” was always designed with both two and four-wheeled racing in mind. We have been very careful, working closely with drivers and riders, to make sure we are improving and enhancing what Silverstone already has to offer – from a drivers, riders and spectators point of view.
Some will miss not seeing modern day F1 cars accelerating through Bridge, but we have to move with the times and continue looking at ways to improve the overall experience. The new layout will bring an extra dimension to Silverstone, a new challenge for the drivers, and will enable fans to get closer to the action. We have a very exciting year ahead of us, with F1, MotoGP and World Superbikes all coming to Silverstone, and I can’t wait to see how the drivers and riders tackle the new circuit.
Silverstone is one of two F1 circuits changes this year – Bahrain is also using a new loop for this year’s race.
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