We’re rushing headlong towards the mid-point of the season, and Formula One returns to its roots at Silverstone this weekend. With three drivers on the grid preparing for their home race, and a heap of teams with factories on the doorstep of the circuit, the British Grand Prix is nothing less than a big celebration. The blown diffuser regulation tweak will come into effect this weekend as well, so could this be the start of something different?

Event Schedule

Sebastian Vettel was back on winning form in Valencia, and the track didn’t exactly grant us with an exciting race. We’ve got the spectacle of some new buildings at Silverstone, but it’s not clear yet how the racing will work out, given the regulation changes. Lots of the teams are playing down how it will effect them, and if it is anything like engine mapping, they’re probably right.

Daniel Ricciardo makes his F1 debut this weekend, taking the place of Narain Karthikeyan at Hispania Racing. It will be fascinating to see what he can do with the HRT, given how far behind the car has appeared so far this season.

Session Timetable
Date Day Session Time (GMT+1)
8 Jul Friday Free Practice 1 09:00
Free Practice 2 13:00
9 Jul Saturday Free Practice 3 10:00
Qualifying 13:00
10 Jul Sunday Grand Prix 13:00


The Weather

It looks like we are set for more rain this weekend, after a super hot weekend in Valencia. It’s hardly a surprise, given that we are in the midst of British summer, but it seems as though Thursday will be the best day of the week, with showers throughout the weekend.

Friday, 8 July

  • 17℃
  • Low: 13℃
  • Humidity: 92%
  • Rain showers and thunder
Saturday, 9 July

  • 21℃
  • Low: 12℃
  • Humidity: 47%
  • Rainy showers

Sunday, 10 July

  • 18℃
  • Low: 10℃
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Rainy showers

Circuit Map

The Circuit

Circuit Data
Name Silverstone Circuit
Location Britain
Timezone GMT +0100
First Race 1950
Laps 52
Length 5.891 km
Distance 306.747 km
Start / Finish Offset 0.105 km

Silverstone has undergone many changes in its lifetime, and will likely see more before it falls off the calendar, but for now, we are settled with the new Arena section, and are introduced to a new pit and paddock complex.

The top speed around Silverstone can reach 315km/h, whilst the pitlane loss is roughly 21 seconds. If we’re expecting three or so pitstops again this weekend, that might be a crucial factor. The fast-flowing circuit is easy on brakes, and a balanced car is important with such high speeds.

2010 Results
Session Driver Team Time
Free Practice 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.280
Free Practice 2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:31.234
Free Practice 3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:30.958
Qualifying Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:29.615
Grand Prix Mark Webber Red Bull 1hr 24:38.200
Fastest Lap Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:30.874

Tyre Compounds