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British Grand Prix – Silverstone “Arena” Circuit

After much uncertainty regarding the future location of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone’s owners negotiated a new contract with Formula One Management to host the grand Prix for the next 10 years.

The Silverstone circuit agreement was made based upon the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) owners of Silverstone undertaking significant upgrades to the circuit. BRDC has held true to its word with Silverstone undergoing a $7.7 Million (£5 million Pounds Sterling) transformation beginning during the off season.

Always a favorite of not only the Drivers and Teams but more importantly the English and European fans the British Grand Prix has some of the highest attendance figures of any Grand Prix race weekend. The changes made, improving the viewable portions of the circuit and increasing the number of grandstand seats should ensure that the circuit will be packed to capacity for years to come.

The British Grand Prix will be held on the new full “Arena” track layout which includes new sections with names such as Village Corner, The Loop, Wellington Straight and Aintree, in addition to the many old favorites such as Copse, Maggetts, Becketts, Hanger Straight and Stowe. The aim of the new configuration is to improving the spectacle while keeping the fast and flowing trademark characteristic of the original Silverstone circuit, the 2010 British Grand Prix will give a good indication if those goals have been met.

The new portions of the racing circuit were completed on schedule and the revised circuit configuration was officially reopened earlier this year, however the new pit and paddock complex will not available until next year and are planned to be completed in time for to 2011 British Grand Prix.


Length of lap: 3.666 Miles (5.9km)
Lap record (old shorter layout): 1:18.739 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, )
Number of Turns: 18 (10 RH, 8 LH)
Number of race laps: 52
Total race distance: 190.61 Miles (306.75km)
Pitlane speed limits: 60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during qualifying and race

Silverstone Circuit Layout

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