THE 2016 FORMULA 1™ BRITISH GRAND PRIX

The sense of national pride throughout a Silverstone Grand Prix weekend, is only comparable to Monza or Hockenheim. Come rain or sunshine, the British Grand Prix offers a unique and an electrifying atmosphere. Silverstone briefly became notorious for its track invasions at the height of “Mansel Mania” in the early 1990’s, but the atmosphere has since calmed down. Silverstone’s owners, the British Racing Drivers’ Club, promote the circuit as the home of British motor racing, and there is a strong argument for that claim. This Northamptonshire track hosted the first ever official World Championship Formula One Grand Prix, back in 1950. In recent years, many of the corners at Silverstone have been re-profiled – or many might argue emasculated. Indeed it was this previously super-fast layout that saw Keke Rosberg qualify for the 1985 GP at an average speed of over 255km/h! What also makes Silverstone interesting for F1 enthusiasts, is the fact that Britain is home to several of the current and past F1 teams. Right outside of the gates of Silverstone is team BAR Honda. Nearby in Brackley is team Jaguar (now Red Bull) and team Williams is located in Milton Keynes.

SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT EVALUATION

Having been built on top of an old airfield, the Silverstone circuit is very flat and is made up of a series of long straights, connected by fast open corners. It features some of the fastest corners on the Grand Prix calendar and will therefore emphasise any weakness in the aerodynamic setup. Cars lacking downforce will be penalised through these fast corners, whilst on the other hand an excess of drag will be costly down the straights. A strong engine can make up for some aerodynamic deficiency, but there is little that can be done to counteract poor balance. Failing to get the car set up effectively is costly in terms of both tyre wear and mechanical grip through the slower corners.

What the drivers say

Form a drivers point of view, Silverstone presents them with some of the most challenging corners of the season. Copse corner, which is probably the fastest corner of them all, with speeds in excess of 265km/h, is taken flat out and on the limit, even though it is blind corner! Copse corner then leads to one of the best complex of corners they encounter on the Formula 1 calendar, the Maggots-Becketts-Chapel S-bends. With the high-speed direction changes, jumping kerbs and so on, it can be compared to a exhilarating roller coaster ride. Though here, aerodynamics and chassis balance are important and it is critical to be super quick in this section, to set a good lap time. For Silverstone the drivers prefer a car that is very responsive to change of direction, stable around fast corners and has good traction with minimum understeer in the stadium section. In terms of set-up, it is important for them that the engineers track any changing conditions, particularly the wind, which can have a big effect on the handling characteristics of a car.

EVENT PROGRAM AND INFORMATION

Although not yet finalised for 2016, we have included last year’s program, to give you an idea of what the event program should look like. We do not expect any other major changes from last years program. So please take note that the following program and information will change for 2016.

THURSDAY
14h00 – 15h00 Formula One Track Familiarisation – Safety Car
15h00 Formula One Press Conference – Press Room
16h00 Formula One Team Managers’ Meeting
17h00 Formula 3000 Team Manager And Drivers’ Meeting
FRIDAY
09h00 – 09h30 Historic Sports Car Challenge Qualifying Session
09h40 – 10h30 Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
11h00 – 12h00 Formula One First Practice Session
12h30 – 13h00 Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Practice Session
13h00 Porsche Supercup Drivers’ Meeting
14h00 – 15h00 Formula One Second Practice Session
15h30 – 16h00 Formula 3000 Practice Session
16h00 – 17h00 Formula One Press Conference – Press Room
16h30 – 17h10 Formula 3000 Qualifying Session
17h40 – 18h25 Porsche Supercup Practice Session
18h00 Formula One Drivers’ Meeting
SATURDAY
09h00 – 09h45 Formula One Third Practice Session
10h15 – 11h00 Formula One Fourth Practice Session
11h25 – 12h10 Porsche Supercup Qualifying Session
12h00 Formula 3000 Drivers’ Meeting (If necessary)
12h20 – 12h50 Formula One Paddock Club Pit & BRDC Lane Walk
14h45 – 12h57 Air Display Blue Eagles
13h00 – 13h50 Formula One Pre – Qualifying Session
14h00 – 15h00 Formula One Qualifying Session
15h25 – 15h40 Formula 3000 Starting Grid Preparation
15h40 Formula 3000 Pit Lane Open
15h50 Formula 3000 Pit Lane Closed
16h00 Formula 3000 Race (30 laps)
17h40 – 18h10 Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Qualifying Session
SUNDAY
08h15 – 09h15 Formula One Paddock Club Pit Lane Walk
09h30 – 10h00 Trofeo Vodafone Maserati Race (12 laps)
10h00 Formula One Drivers’ Meeting (If Necessary)
10h10 – 11h00 Formula One Paddock Club & BRDC Pit Lane Walk
10h15 Formula One Drivers’ Track Parade
11h10 – 11h40 Porsche Supercup Race (12 laps) (Grid girls)
11h45 Formula One Starting Grid Presentation
12h00 – 12h24 Air Display Red Arrows
12h30 Formula One Pit Lane Open
12h45 Formula One Pit Lane Closed Grid Formation
12h46 Formula One National Anthem
13h00 Formula One Foster’s British Grand Prix (60 laps)
15h30 Historic Sports Car Challenge Race (12 laps)