What a difference a week makes! We are set to have a second female Prime Minister in our nation’s history, we’ve seen Andy Murray win a second Wimbledon and now a British driver winning a second Grand Prix in a matter of 7 days! Speaking of Grand Prix’s; it was Silverstone last weekend for the 10th round of the 2016 F1 season; the British Grand Prix!
Silverstone was originally an aerodrome during the Second World War but the outer limits and runways were converted into a race track after the war. The basis of this original circuit is still the one we see, know and love to this day. This old style race circuit like the Spa and Monza compared to some of the newer circuits where the turns are numbered, here they have numbers and names. Spa has Eau Rouge, Monza has Parabolica and the lesmo’s, Silverstone has Stowe, Copse, Beckets and Hanger Straight to name a few. Silverstone hosted the very first F1 Championship race in 1950 which was won by Italian Giuseppe Farina and the British Grand Prix has been a permanent fixture on the F1 calendar ever since! 2016 was the 67th British Grand Prix. Although the event was initially shared between Brands Hatch, Aintree and Silverstone, it is Silverstone that has held the race every year since 1987 with the start/finish straight initially being just after Woodcote. However, Silverstone temporarily lost the event for the 2010 season to Donnington Park but their financial issues meant Silverstone kept the Grand Prix with requirements to improve the circuit for the spectator’s views and challenge to the drivers. The new layout remains unchanged with the arena section of turns coming from the Abbey Chicane and joining the old circuit layout at Brooklands via Wellington straight. The 2010 race was the first for this current layout but the last to start in its original location as the start/finish straight was moved to where it is now for the 2011 event; with the new complex by the Abbey Chicane.