The ‘Home of Motorsport’ allows for some home comforts for much of the Formula 1 fraternity, with eight of the eleven teams based within 80 miles of the circuit. It has undergone many reconfigurations in recent years but it remains one of the calendar’s most challenging race tracks, thanks to its sequences of fast corners, mixed with two slower, technical sections. A new complex of corners was added in 2010, followed by a new pit-lane and the unveiling of the Wing, an asymmetrical building that contains pit bays on the ground floor. Last year’s race will remain infamous for ‘Pirelli-gate’ as a series of tyre failures required a number of changes to the tyre construction. Many of the highlights over the years centred around British hero Nigel Mansell, especially his 1992 win en route to the world championship. Of the current drivers Fernando Alonso is the most successful here with two wins.
Circuit length 5.891 km
Race distance 306.198 km
2013 race winner Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
Race Strategy Briefing
The British Grand Prix was very dramatic last year with a series of Pirelli tyre failures, which led to a change in tyre specification. Silverstone has very high cornering loads, especially through Copse corner and this is why Pirelli brings their hardest compounds in their range. Silverstone has the fastest corner combinations on the F1 calendar and is loved by the drivers, although it can be a real headache for the engineers and strategists. It should be an interesting tactical battle again with teams exploiting the undercut and the offset to pass cars using strategy.(Credit: UBS)