The current crop of F1 drivers are looking forward to the getting their first taste of Silverstone’s new Arena layout at the British GP this weekend.
The circuit includes a re-profiled Club corner, a fast right-hander at Abbey, a new infield section and the use of the National straight which has now been renamed Wellington straight.
Autocar asked five drivers what they thought about the new, faster layout of the Northamptonshire circuit.
Jenson Button, McLaren
“It’s amazing that the team and us, two Brits, are heading into Silverstone first and second in the championship. We’re also heading into that race with an update for the car. We didn’t have anything new on the car at Valencia but still came away with a reasonable result. I’ve always loved Silverstone and can only imagine that the track changes will play to the strengths of our car.”
Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
“Silverstone is a huge challenge and a very important fixture on the calendar for me. It has a real buzz. It’ll be fascinating to see how the new track settles in. The new Abbey right-hander looks like the fast turn seven at Nürburgring and I think there will be a possibility of grabbing a tow coming up to it from Club.”