Silverstone to use ‘Arena’ track in 2010

Silverstone Arena circuit

Silverstone Arena circuit

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.
Richard Phelps

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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51 comments on Silverstone to use ‘Arena’ track in 2010

  1. Bertie said on 11th February 2010, 16:43

    It is a shame two of those left hand bends look flat for an F1 car.

    • sato113 said on 11th February 2010, 16:54

      well for the first half of the race they shouldn’t be, as the cars will be heavy.

      • Scribe said on 11th February 2010, 23:23

        on that note, will Eau Rouge, 130R, Copse ect be flat at the begining of a race?

        • Calum said on 12th February 2010, 7:53

          130r probably will be, as for eau rouge, drivers say it’s not as challanging anymore, it’s been somewhat netared over the years. The driver who takes it flat first on a full tank must haave mansellesque balls of steel!!

  2. sato113 said on 11th February 2010, 16:55

    so i take it there won’t be the new arena grandstand built for this year? or will it?

  3. This is a good news. I would like to see the new circuit!

  4. superted666 said on 11th February 2010, 17:05

    Amazing, glad this happens as i should see the cars twice per lap from Club silverstone stand :D

  5. Zazeems said on 11th February 2010, 17:06

    They should cut out T13, then it would be really fast! Apart from that it looks great. Good job BRDC.

  6. Ned Flanders said on 11th February 2010, 17:06

    Like Bertie says the new Abbey will probably be easy flat in an F1 car- I was hoping they’d be a big challenege. But the hairpin after that will probably be a good overtaking point

    • ajokay said on 11th February 2010, 17:28

      I thought everyone was moaning about a lack of high-speed corners recently. That new Abbey looks great, especially as it’ll be the first corner from 2011, providing they build the new pits in time.

      • i was going to ask that, does this mean that as of next year abbey will be the first corner instead of copse?

        • Ned Flanders said on 11th February 2010, 22:54

          No, the new pitlane won’t be ready for a while yet, the first corner will still be at Copse until 2011 at the earliest

  7. Interesting to see a track modification that, for once, adds faster corners to a circuit. In the absence of being able to add run-off to restore Abbey to its pre-1994 condition, I rather prefer this change to the circuit’s 2009 configuration. I think the new turns 11 and 12 could provide a suitable challenge. It will be interesting to see if there can be some overtaking into turn 13, then, although the left-hander hairpin following so closely after that could make it possible for a driver on the outside line to counter-attack.

  8. Invoke said on 11th February 2010, 17:28

    Keith looks like you have added the area circuit’s mileage in the wrong column.

    As for the track, I will wait and see before I make judgement, but I think it has potential.

  9. matt88 said on 11th February 2010, 17:34

    Luckily it doesn’t seem they’re going to do a Hockenheim-esque monster.

    • Thank god for that! They really butchered Hockenheim. It used to be the greatest, now it’s “stadium section joined together with a load of mickey mouse turns!”.

      Not good.

      Silverstone looks cool though I have to say.

      Who did the drawings for it??

      • MuzzleFlash said on 12th February 2010, 10:14

        Hockenheimring lost some potential even before the 2002 butchering. I can’t understand why, when they put the original chicanes in during the 60’s, they put them ON the fast corners, rather than 200 metres ahead of them so we still had cars doing 120mph through them.

        Imola suffered similarly, instead of turning a great, fast corner into a chicane and destroying it completely, stick one before it, then if the cars end up going to fast round it again in years to come you can just move it closer.

  10. I thought the Silverstone MD was Richard Phillips not Phelps

  11. “The estimated lap time for the new circuit in an F1 car is 1?23.13. Last years pole position time by Sebastian Vettel was 1?19.509.”

    Only 4 seconds difference? Nah. I think it will be some 6 seconds. Mark my words.

  12. So is the start line moving then?

  13. Andrew said on 11th February 2010, 20:15

    I think it looks great. I hope they increase the amount of space available of the GA tickets holders.

    • I think it’s great that the new section is roughly twice as long as the old section, yet the cars are expected to lap at only 3 secs sloweron a track section with a tight hairpin- goes to show hoe fast they actually go!

  14. theRoswellite said on 11th February 2010, 21:23

    Congrats to all you Brits, would we had some knarlyass F1 track with all that historical baggage so nicely in tow…and mostly reachable on a Sunday morning drive I’d guess…the US remains a wasteland of Grand Prix dreams.

  15. Xander said on 11th February 2010, 21:40

    What do the dashed lines at T6 signify?

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 11th February 2010, 22:24

      As far as I remember, the F1 cars will follow the bit of track with the dashed lines, whereas the bikes will follow the darker grey, slightly tighter line inside.
      I think this track looks pretty good overall, and it’s the most exciting development to Silverstone in years, but I’d like to see where the new stands are going to be and where the GA areas are. Plus of course, I’d like to understand how all the traffic is supposed to get into the paddock and infield through what looks like one tunnel.

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