Silverstone’s architects on making F1 circuits challenging but safe (Part 2)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Safety restrictions have made life difficult for track designers who want to create exciting and challenging racing circuits. To make tracks worthy of the best racing series in the world designers have to strike compromises between spectacle and safety – and satisfy the conflicting demands of bike and car racing. Drew MacDonald of Populous explained … Continue reading Silverstone’s architects on making F1 circuits challenging but safe (Part 2)

Is the new Silverstone better for F1? After a day in the stands I think so

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

In the 12 years I’ve been to Silverstone to watch F1 and other races the track has changed very little. So it felt strange to stand at Abbey today and watch the cars turn right instead of left. But having seen GT1 and Formula Three races at the track today I think the revised circuit … Continue reading Is the new Silverstone better for F1? After a day in the stands I think so

Will Monza lose “fastest track” crown?

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The revised Silverstone circuit revealed yesterday could take Monza’s place as the fastest track in Formula 1. Though F1 cars will hit higher top speeds at Monza, the projected average lap speed for F1 cars at the new Silverstone is 4kph faster than that achieved at Monza last year. Here’s why.

Silverstone opens new Arena circuit, expects cars to hit 185mph at Abbey

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The revised Silverstone Arena Circuit, which will hold the 2010 British Grand Prix, was formally opened today by the Duke of York in a ceremony at the track. BRDC President Damon Hill drove the Duke around the circuit. Current and past F1 drivers were on hand for the unveiling of the track including Mark Webber … Continue reading Silverstone opens new Arena circuit, expects cars to hit 185mph at Abbey

Silverstone Arena track laid (Pictures)

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Tarmac for the new Arena sequence at Silverstone, which will be used for the 2010 British Grand Prix, had been laid. Pictures released by the circuit today also show the revised run-off areas at Brooklands and Woodcote corners towards the end of the lap. Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Richard Phillips said work was progressing … Continue reading Silverstone Arena track laid (Pictures)

Silverstone to use ‘Arena’ track in 2010

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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 … Continue reading Silverstone to use ‘Arena’ track in 2010

Silverstone knocks down grandstands to build new Arena circuit (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Silverstone has begun work to build the new “Arena” circuit which it intends to use for this year’s British Grand Prix. The grandstands opposite the pits have been knocked down and several bridges have also been removed as the circuit’s remodelling begins. These stands will be re-constructed in time for this year’s race and the … Continue reading Silverstone knocks down grandstands to build new Arena circuit (Pictures)