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PostSubject: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:30 am


From one classic track to another, Formula 1 arrives at Silverstone Circuit for the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. This high speed circuit hosts the eighth round of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Silverstone is one of few circuits to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix in the championships debut season in 1950, and despite numerous changes have been made to the Northamptonshire circuit, it is still hugely respected by fans and drivers alike. Silverstone’s new pit and paddock complex show that the Circuit can modernise when necessary, but the circuit’s classic corners are still present. Few other nations can match the motor racing pedigree of the UK, with 80 % of F1 manufactured and developed on this small island. With a large and knowledgeable crowd as well, the British Grand Prix is one of the truly special events on the schedule.

Even though the circuit’s flow has been somewhat slowed by the tight first sector, Silverstone is still a high speed blast where the bravest drivers and best cars prevail.

British Grand Prix fast facts

-Driving direction: Clockwise
-Length of pit straight: 0.25 mile
-Average speed of lap: 139 mph
-Longest period at full throttle: 12 seconds/890 meters
-Full throttle percentage: 64 %
-Time on brakes: 8 %
-Gear changes per lap: 40
-Highest g-force: 5 g
--Total race distance: 190 miles

Overtaking opportunities

he Arena section now forms Silverstone’s first sector, and it improved overtaking opportunities in the two previous events. The hairpins after turn 1 allow a driver to get close to his rival, to try and overtake onto the Wellington Straight into Brooklands. The emphasis of Silverstone is still downforce dominated, but the additional braking and slow corners of the new section improve overtaking prospects.

Turn 1 is a possible passing opportunity, if a driver is struggling with traction out of turn 18 then a driver may use the new pit straight and pass his rival before turn 1. Turn 3 is a corner where a driver can surprise his rival with a late dive up the inside – this is a big braking zone from almost 180 mph into the tight turn 3. The cars then build up to around 180 mph on the Wellington Straight before braking to 60 mph for Brooklands corner, turn 6. Passing into Brooklands should be possible if a driver gets a poor exit of turn 5. The Wellington Straight will be the DRS zone, so drivers wanting to overtake will want to get the best possible exits off the slow hairpins leading onto the DRS zone. Expect the overlap pass to be attempted frequently exiting turn 5, to lead onto the Wellington Straight.

The next overtaking opportunity comes at Copse corner, turn 9, the driver’s barley take a lift during this corner, so the pursuing driver needs to be well alongside to pass. If a driver has been cautious through Chapel, it is possible to tuck underneath a rivals gearbox, slipstream him and make a dandier pass into Stowe. The cars power down the hanger straight to 190 mph and then brake to around 125 mph for Stowe. This is a genuine passing place and overtaking at Stowe is where a lot of the overtaking occurs in the race due to the fairly heavy braking involved and the length of the Hanger Straight. The next passing opportunity comes into Vale corner, turn 16.

After Stowe corner, drivers reach over 170 mph and then brake hard for Vale to just 45 mph. If a driver fails to pass at Stowe, they can cross over, get a better exit and try diving underneath their competitor in this turn. Vale is a bit frustrating for the drivers, having gone through such fast corners previously. With the increase of corner exits which are traction-limited, a driver struggling with high tyre degradation will probably get passed easier than on the old layout - because they will be very slow in the Arena section with all the slow turns.

What to watch for

Even though Pirelli is bringing their hardest compounds to Silverstone, this did not curb tyre wear during the Spanish Grand Prix. The Barcelona track was the last circuit with high speed, sweeping corners. It is likely that high degradation and tyre management will once again be critical.

Car requirements

Silverstone is one of the most demanding circuits on the schedule for aerodynamics, and teams will bring their highest downforce packages to this circuit. The first sector requires good mechanical grip, but the second and third sectors feature high speed sweepers – and these will be the priority for teams.

Teams will also close off cooling ducts on the bodywork or brakes, because Silverstone is the least demanding circuit on brakes. This will increase downforce. The aero drag will naturally help the cars stop, due to the downforce settings they will run.

Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Medium and Hard compound P Zero tyres to Silverstone. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2013 range of P Zero tyres:

Video footage

Here is a flying lap of Silverstone with Jenson Button, driving his McLaren-Mercedes Benz MP4-26 during the 2011 British Grand prix weekend:

Weekend schedule in UK time:

Thursday 28 June 2013

Friday Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
Friday Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 29 June 2013

Saturday Practice 10:00 – 11:00
Qualifying 13:00

Sun 30 June 2013

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2013 British Grand Prix Race Start 13:03

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 27th June:

Formula One Press Conference - Press Room   11:00

Friday 28th June:

Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   08:45 – 09:45
Formula One Practice 1   10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Practice Session  12:00 – 12:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   12:45 – 13:45
Formula One Practice 2   14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session  15:55 – 16:25
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room   16:00 – 17:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup  16:45 – 17:30
GP3 Practice Session  17:50 – 18:35

Saturday  29th June

Formula One Pit Stop Practice   07:30 – 08:15
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   07:30 – 08:35
GP3 Qualifying Session   08:45 – 09:15
Formula One Practice 3   10:00 – 11:00
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying Session  11:25 – 11:55
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk   12:00 – 12:45
Formula One Qualifying   13:00
GP2 First Race (29 laps or 60 mins)  14:40 – 15:45
GP3 First Race (15 Laps or 30 mins)  16:20 – 16:55

Sunday 30th June

GP3 First Race (15 Laps or 30 mins)  08:25 – 09:00
GP2 Second Race (29 laps or 60 mins)  09:35 – 10:25
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (12 laps or 30 mins)  10:45 – 11:20
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk   11:25 – 12:15
Formula One Drivers Parade   11:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 11:45 – 12:15
Red Arrows Air Display  12:00
Formula One National Anthem  12:46
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 13:00
Start of 2013 Formula 1 British Grand Prix   13:03

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s coverage of the 2013 British Grand Prix, BBC is showing this weekend’s Grand Prix sessions live. All live sessions can also be viewed on BBC’s F1 website, free of charge: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/

Friday 28th June

BBC Red Button Coverage

Practice 1: 09:55-11:30, BBC Red Button & 09:55-11:05, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website

Practice 2: 13:55-15:35, BBC Red Button & 13:55-15:05, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 09.45
Practice Two: 13.45

Saturday 29th June

BBC Coverage

Practice 3: 09:55-11:05, BBC Two/BBC Two HD & 09:55-11:05, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website
Qualifying: 12:15-14:20, BBC One & 12:55-14:05, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 9:45
Qualifying: 12:00 pm

Sunday 30th June

BBC Coverage

Grand Prix live: 12:10-15:30, BBC One & 12:00-15:30, BBC Red Button & 13:00-15:00 BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Sport website
F1 Forum: 15:30-16:30, BBC Red Button

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of British Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Juan Pablo Montoya– McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2007 – Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
2008 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes Benz
2009 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault
2010 – Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault
2011 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
2012 – Mark Webber – Red Bull-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:21 am

It was such a joy to watch the cars in qualifying. Seeing the direction change in Abbey Copse, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel is something special.
Despite no exhaust blown diffuser, Hamilton set the fastest qualifying time since Silverstone was reconfigured. It illustrates that despite the rules have been tightened up, the engineers seemingly claw back the difference with other innovations.

Hamilton’s pole lap was great to watch, it can be viewed here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/23113754

He makes up the most time in sector 2 – he really aced the high speed sweepers.

F1 cars are still by far the fastest cars on a road course. Hamilton’s lap was a 1:29.607. The fastest LMP1 time this year was a 1:43.281 at Silverstone. LMP1 cars are stunningly quick machines, but F1 cars are something else. Plus, the F1 car achieved that without traction control, unlike the LMP1 car.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:29 am

Shame one of the cheats won but there was some good racing today, Webber and Massa made good come backs although helped with saftey car.

Saw this posted on one of Pirellis Facebook pages; 'If Pirelli made condoms, we'd have a population explosion.' Funny, although Alonso could met a nasty end of the bridge today which isn't so funny.

Poor old Di Resta, starting from the back after such an effort. Seems a little odd when the cheats got no penalty but thats corruption for you.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:22 am

It gets ridiculous and funny at the same time when pretty much everything under the sun is getting blamed for tyre failure. Next thing you know oxygen quality will be blamed. Razz

Trouble is everyone wants the issue to be resolved, yet no-one will actually do anything about it. None of the teams want to 'buddy up' and help solve the issue in case one of them steals an advantage, the FIA (and FOM for that matter) don't want boring races so they create rules that keep the tyres at pathetic (and potentially dangerous) levels of use, and Pirelli keep on moaning about everyone else moaning about their tyres, whilst showing no signs of doing anything about them.

They're all as bad as each other.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:20 am

Drosberg ignored yellow flags too but we'll let him off since we let Mercedes do whatever they want anyway.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:42 am

Fell asleep around lap 8. No idea what happened during but did wake up in time to ruin the results. Any chance if a bullet point style summary to fill me in?
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BRITISH GRAND PRIX - SILVERSTONE   Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:21 am

Nico Rosberg drove a great Grand Prix. Mercedes-Benz was simply a superior car this weekend. Impressively, Mercedes now have race pace to back up their rapid qualifying pace.

The level of professional driving was superb to see. Webber v Raikkonen in Copse had all the hallmarks of an accident, but they ran side-by-side without contact. The level of overtaking into Copse was surprising. It is such a high speed entry without DRS.

Raikkonen and Alonso are such great drivers when they can race that hard, and not crash.
Hamilton’t tyre failure was very unfortunate. On the flip side, he had a brilliant recovery drive to finish 4th from last.

Today’s tyre failures were very alarming. Unlike in Bahrain where the tyres stayed intact, the tyres today simply disintegrated on all of this weekend’s tyre failures. Dodgy kerbs or not, Formula 1 tyres should be able to withstand drivers using kerbs.

It is no good being all technical and telling drivers they shouldn’t be using so much kerb, this is very much standard practice in modern motor racing. Similarly, the excuse of debris in tyres is also very dubious. If Pirelli is saying that their tyres cannot handle tyre debris, perhaps they should exit Formula 1.

It comes at no surprise that the left rear failed on all inflicted cars. The left side tyres are significantly loaded up with all the high speed right-hand turns. Combine this with 800 bhp going through the rear wheels in traction-limited corners; the left rear tyre is always vulnerable at a high-load track like Silverstone.  

Pirelli must take much responsibility for the whole fiasco. Tyres can be altered without team approval on safety grounds. When Pirelli seeked to alter the tyres after some early-season failures, they insisted that the proposed change was not down to safety concerns. Therefore, predictably, a few times disagreed and the tyre changes didn’t happen.

Had Pirelli stated that the changes were needed due to safety, Pirelli would have been able to make the necessary changes to avoid tyre failures. Pirelli knew about failures early in the season, but refused to admit that the tyre changes were on safety grounds.

FIA must take responsibility, too. Largely, Pirelli is working in the dark when developing tyres and deciding on compounds. It is ridiculous that Formula 1’s tyre supplier can’t test and develop tyres using the current crop of F1 cars. F1 cars are moving R&D projects; therefore, the demands on the tyres constantly change.

In fairness to Pirelli, up until today they have done very well to product safe tyres. Pirelli have always been testing 2 or 3 year old cars to develop tyres for today’s cars. It makes no sense whatsoever. The FIA cannot be surprised at tyre failures when they don’t allow Pirelli to experiment in real-life.

Perhaps failures like this could have been identified with adequate and relevant tyre testing?


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