The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is always one of the biggest events on the Formula One calendar, synonymous for its packed grandstands, vociferous home support and Union Jacks fluttering in the wind.
With the grandstands empty in 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, those familiar sights and sounds were gone. But now they return, with the UK Government announcing close to full crowds at the event.
For fans of the famous British Williams Racing team, this news comes as a great relief, as they can once more fully get behind the Grove outfit and its British driver George Russell who has showed great pace so far this season.
“I am really excited for my home race and to have all the British fans back will be an incredible experience,” said Russell in his team’s race preview. “It will be a challenge with the new format this weekend, so we are going to have to be on our toes to make the most of it. All in all, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is always a great weekend; it has the best crowds of the year, the fans are incredibly passionate, and the circuit offers great racing. There’s nothing quite like it.”
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What also makes the British Grand Prix special is the exciting nature of one of the fastest circuits on the calendar, its mix of dramatic high-speed corners and frequent short straights putting both cars and drivers to the test. That and the propensity for changeable weather means anything could happen.
The event at Silverstone is always a highlight of the Formula One season, as well as an iconic event of the British summer,” commented Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance. “This year, the event is notable for the experimental format which will see traditional Qualifying take place on Friday evening and then a Sprint Qualifying session on Saturday afternoon, before the main Grand Prix on Sunday. For us, this represents quite a change in how we approach, plan and execute the event.
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“Fortunately, we have the experience from the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola last year to help guide us and to give us some insight into how the other teams are likely to approach the two free practice sessions.
“The track itself is largely unchanged from last year and it is a layout that we know well. The tyre quantities are a little different due to the event format, with each team receiving one fewer sets of tyres than at a standard event, as well as a different compound distribution. Pirelli have made available the hardest of their compound range and these should be well suited to the demanding nature of Silverstone.”
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