The new layout for the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit was unveiled yesterday with predictions that the track will now be the fastest on the F1 calendar. The track is now half a mile longer and will be approximately lead to an extension of 8-10 seconds on laptime. The new layout takes affect after Club corner, going right back toward the Becketts and Maggots section before a low speed right and left which seems likely to represent the best opportunity for overtaking. Another left hander preceds a long back staright which will take the cars back onto the older version of the track at Luffield.
Whilst these changes will probably not have a big effect on the amount of overtaking at the track, it certainly seems to promise some thrilling action for spectators with most of the corners being high speed. Also planned for 2011 is to move the start/finish straight to the straight after Club corner. All of these changes were done by a company called Populous. This is a break in track changes against the monopoly held by Herman Tilke who has had mixed reviews over the circuits he has designed over the past 10 years, including Istanbul, Shanghai and Yas Marina.
Hopefully this new investment for Silverstone will help give it stronger security for many years and F1 fans in the UK can look forward to a British Grand Prix for many years to come. The track certainly looks to have the potential to keep its reputation as one of the most challenging and exciting race circuits in the world and it'll be interesting come the race on July 11th. To give you some idea of what the new track outlay will be like from the drivers perspective, here's a video courtesy of James Allen with ex-driver and BBC commentator Martin Brundle driving and discussing a lap of the new circuit