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'Seriously Fast' Silverstone Reaches 50 Not Out



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016


Round 9 of 19


Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone


July 4 - 6
Qualifying • Saturday July 5
Race start • Sunday July 6


52 x 5.891 km
Pirelli: P Zero Orange (hard) and White (medium)

Track records:

Best record:
Ferrari & McLaren: 12 victories each here
Alain Prost: 5 victories

Lap record:

1:33.401 = 227.059 km/h • M. Webber (Red Bull Renault) 2013 on lap 52

2013 pole:

Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:29.607 = 236.673 km/h

2013 results:

1 Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:32.59.456 = 197.566 km/h
2 Webber (Red Bull Renault)
3 Alonso (Ferrari)

Best Moments

1950: Alfa Romeo kick-start the Formula 1 World Championship with a 1-2-3 finish for eventual World Champion Farina, Fagioli and Englishman Reg Parnell in the presence of King George VI
1973: a first-lap pile-up eliminates 11 cars
1979: first Grand Prix victory for local heroes Williams thanks to Clay Regazzoni
1985: Flying Finn Keke Rosberg posts F1’s first 160+ mph lap in Silverstone qualifying for Williams – 258.983 km/h
1997: the 100th victory for Williams with Jacques Villeneuve
2010, 2012: superb wins for Mark Webber, the first of them 40 years after Jack Brabham’s Silverstone win in a Cooper

Man of the Moment

Nico Rosberg: cool enough to come back from (relatively) low-key qualifying in Austria and win again to extend his lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton; less edgy than Lewis… and a nod in the direction of Felipe Massa, back on song in Austria last time out and now going into his 200th Grand Prix as Brazil focus on another World Cup success.

Big issues

Celebrations are in the air: this will be the 50th Grand Prix at Silverstone since it staged the race that initiated the World Championship way back in 1950.

Question: The British Grand Prix is one of two national races which have never been dropped from the F1 calendar. Which is the other country? (answer at end)

If you are Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner, there is just one and its name is Renault. Horner was seriously underwhelmed by the French company’s latest low-key performance in Austria and has demanded change. Renault Sport’s Rene Taffin has promised it will come at Silverstone. “We go there with a clean sheet of paper,” he says. “There have been changes on two levels: both technically in terms of software evolution and in terms of procedures to ensure we catch an issue before it becomes a major problem.”

Wind: not as a result of the modern F1 driver’s bizarre diet but because of Silverstone’s origins as an airfield, exposed to the vagaries of the English weather as Championship leader Nico Rosberg of Mercedes says: “The wind, too, is a big factor. It can be really strong and can change direction during the weekend, so it can have a significant effect through the high-speed sections and you have to adjust your braking points for the slower corners too. It’s a great challenge and one I’m really looking forward to tackling in this car.”

Quote of the week

“Silverstone is obviously a special race for me and the support I have there is just incredible. The British fans are the absolute best in the world and it’s really humbling to see thousands of people out there cheering you on – no matter what the weather or the result. I won the race in the wet in 2008, which was just the best feeling. I think the gap was around 60 seconds at the end, and I’d lapped everyone up to third place which was just unreal. I could never have hoped or dreamed for a race like that – especially at my home Grand Prix. That has to be one of the best moments of my career. I loved raising that gold trophy in front of the home crowds and I’m determined to get my hands on it again this year.”

Lewis Hamilton hypes up his home race

Off the record

Rosberg won here last year – but Hamilton will be all fired up so let’s go for a Mercedes 1-2 with the Englishman first and Silverstone-lover Alonso’s Ferrari in third.

Answer: Italy

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