Key Strategic Moment

Key Strategic Moment

The Key Strategic Moment of the British Grand Prix was the switch from full wet tires onto intermediates after the restart. Some drivers changed immediately on lap five, others left it another lap, but when the Virtual Safety Car was deployed for a car in a gravel trap, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen pitted along with Sergio Perez. This cost them less time comparatively and elevated Perez from tenth to fourth, setting him up for a strong result to finish in sixth place.

James Allen on F1, UBS F1 Expert

Winning Strategy

Can Manor challenge again?
What is Manor Racing’s winning strategy for Silverstone?

Can Manor challenge again? What is Manor Racing’s winning strategy for Silverstone?

Having scored their first point of the season in Austria, Manor’s attention will now turn to how they can build on this at Silverstone. Qualifying will again be crucial with the soft tire likely to be the compound of choice. Drivers who qualify in the top 10 may have to do two stops, which will provide Manor with an opportunity to capitalize by starting on a different tire compound and using an alternative strategy.

Disappointment for Manor - How did they perform at Silverstone?

Disappointment for Manor - How did they perform at Silverstone?

Off the back of their strong result in Austria, we picked Manor Racing as the team to watch at the British Grand Prix. However, this weekend wasn’t so favorable as they qualified 19th and 20th and then both retired from the race. Pascal Wehrlein span at turn 1 on lap 7 after switching from wet to intermediate tires too early, while Rio Haryanto’s race ended in the barriers at the same corner on lap 25. The winning strategy was to react with the conditions and whoever switched to the intermediate tires at the right time had the upper-hand.

Race Strategy Briefing

A real favorite

Silverstone goes back to the dawn of Formula One in 1950 and the current layout is a huge challenge with the fastest corner combinations of any F1 circuit.

Practical tire choice

With high corner loads, the hardest compounds are always used at Silverstone. The default is a one-stop strategy but two-stops may be needed this year.

Easy on the brakes

Silverstone is strange in that it is light on the brakes but demanding on the hybrid energy recovery system, which harvests braking energy. A real conundrum for teams.

Possible to pass

Silverstone used to be a very tough track for overtaking, but with DRS on the rear wing and a revised layout it is easier. There were 14 overtakes in 2015.

A power circuit

At 70% of the lap at full throttle, this track is right up there amongst the most demanding on the engine and at 227km/h the average speed is high.

Race Information

Great Britain, Silverstone

July 10 | 13:00 local time, 14:00 CET

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. The 2013 race will remain infamous for ‘Pirelli-gate’ as a series of tire failures required a number of changes to the tire construction. Many of the highlights over the years centered around British hero Nigel Mansell, especially his 1992 win en route to the world championship. Of the current drivers Lewis Hamilton is the most successful here with three wins.

Circuit length 5.891 km
Race distance 306.198 km
Laps 52
2015 race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Pirelli allocation Soft/Medium/Hard

Strategy Insights

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 tires. Pirelli usually brings the hardest tires 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. In 2014, 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