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The Changing Face of Silverstone

By Mav | 6 Jul 2012 | 6 Comments | 3,767 views

Few circuits have undergone as many changes as Formula One’s first circuit: Silverstone. Indeed, the changes even start before that 1950 British Grand Prix which started it all off. A very different looking circuit layout greeted the drivers in 1948. After that it was a tail of gradual change, largely in the name of safety until 2010. At the point, the new ‘Arena’ section significantly altered the configuration, adding an extra dimension to Silverstone’s high speed curves and powerful straights. The following year, the Formula One paddock moved to a new pit lane in the latest of Silverstone’s evolutions.

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  • str8y

    I like the new layout

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  • saltire

    str8y,

    I think I preferred the 2000-09 version or maybe that’s just through familiarity? There seemed to me more great viewing points on the older circuit layout.

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  • Bec

    The redesign by Populous is awful.

    Why push the grandstands so far away that you need the Hubble telescope to see any action, and why hide a third of the pit lane away from the spectators in the main grandstand.

    Despite the redesign, there’s still chaos for the paying fans when it rains … Not for the blazer wearing BRDC members though.

    Come back Tilke, all is forgiven ;)

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  • Mav (author)

    Bec,

    Personally, I like the new section – while the stands are quite far back (as is necessary with current design regulations) it offers some great views. However, I would agree about the pit lane which does annoy me.
    I’m a little bit disappointed that it doesn’t fill up with water to the normal track level tbh.

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  • Bec

    It’s not necessary due to current design regulations, if you visit a modern circuit like Abu Dhabi you’re more than twice as close to the track, and I suspect Austin won’t position their grandstands over 100 metres from the track either.

    You only have to look at the old start/finish straight at Silverstone, and ask why the hell have they moved the grandstand even further away from the track, what was the reasoning behind that.

    Bec,

    Personally, I like the new section – while the stands are quite far back (as is necessary with current design regulations) it offers some great views. However, I would agree about the pit lane which does annoy me.
    I’m a little bit disappointed that it doesn’t fill up with water to the normal track level tbh.

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