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31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Something in the wind...

On the wide-open expanses of Silverstone in early July many drivers were caught out by the wind whistling across the famous old track and had their qualifying times cancelled as their cars were blown outside the track limits.

It’s a familiar phenomenon at the British Grand Prix – but in 2015 there was a different wind blowing, a wind of change. And it sounded as if the change might be very welcome indeed.

What if...

For around one-fifth of round nine of the 2015 World Championship we had the thrilling prospect of a race on our hands.

A blistering start by Felipe Massa saw the Brazilian veteran claim the lead from the second row. Better yet, his Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas also fought his way through to make it a 1-2 for Sir Frank’s very British team as the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave chase.

And then two more very British things happened.

The fans have spoken; GPDA survey results

More competition, greater fan engagement, a relaxed rulebook and a return to a tyre ‘war’; they’re just some of the key recommendations from an extensive fan survey into Formula One conducted by the group that represents the men behind the wheel, the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association.

At the Monaco Grand Prix in May, the GPDA launched an online survey to discover what F1 fans want for the future, proving a rare opportunity for a representative voice to be heard for those who follow the sport.

Silverstone: Time to take flight

“Who doesn’t love Silverstone?”

The question comes from Jenson Button, about to embark upon his 16th British Grand Prix weekend, his enthusiasm for his home race undiminished even by the trials and tribulations of a blighted McLaren-Honda season.

From unpromising surroundings – a windswept, flat and disused airfield – the Northamptonshire village created one of the most iconic circuits in motor racing history, the place where the Formula One World Championship was born, and a track where the essence of motor racing comes vividly to life.


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