Bridgestone say the revised Silverstone circuit will be even tougher on tyres than the previous layout – which was already one of the hardest on the calendar for tyre wear.
Director of motorsport tyre development Hirohide Hamashima said:
The track was previously one of the most severe for the tyres in terms of layout and circuit roughness on the calendar. The new layout, if anything, makes it more punishing, and certainly too severe to bring our super soft compound.
The additional straight means that the average speed should be higher than before. Entering the new section, the right hand turn at Abbey should create high lateral forces.
The changes to the track are expected to increase average lap speeds, potentially making Silverstone faster than Spa-Francorchamps, the second-quickest circuit on the calendar.
The fast new corner at Abbey, which replaces the slow chicane built in 1994, is expected to be taken at almost 300kph (185mph).
Bridgestone are bringing the hard and soft tyres for this weekend, the same combination which was used last year.
Silverstone Arena track