Silverstone has the fastest corner combinations on the F1 calendar and is loved by the drivers, but it can be a real headache for the engineers and strategists. The reason for this is the high-speed corners, which put huge loads through the tyres. Pirelli brings the hardest tyres in their range to Silverstone and it is hard to predict their performance. Strategy for this race is dependent on how significant the performance difference is between the medium and hard compounds. Last year, a seven degree temperature change on race day meant they performed unexpectedly and made a one-stop strategy a competitive plan. Unless the temperatures rise too high this year, one stop should be the default again.
In collaboration with James Allen
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
2014 race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)