Silverstone will use its new 'Arena' layout for this year's Formula One British Grand Prix.
The revised track had originally been designed with MotoGP in mind, but Formula One Management has now approved the use of the Arena Grand Prix layout from this year's British GP.
The new circuit leaves the current GP layout at Abbey and heads through an S-bend to the new Arena complex, before returning down the National track straight to rejoin the existing GP track's stadium section at Brooklands. F1 cars will therefore no longer use Bridge and Priory corners, but it is hoped that the changes will increase overtaking opportunities.
"Some will miss not seeing modern day F1 cars accelerating through Bridge, but we have to move with the times and continue looking at ways to improve the overall experience," Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips said. "The new layout will bring an extra dimension to Silverstone, a new challenge for the drivers, and will enable fans to get closer to the action.
The revisions add 760 metres in length to Silverstone's GP track, and are expected to increase F1 lap times by four seconds.