Silverstone (England)

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 17: In this handout image provided by Silverstone Circuit, An aerial view of the new pits and paddock during the opening of the Silverstone Wing at Silverstone Circuit on May 17, 2011 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Silverstone Circuit via Getty Images)

Track name: Silverstone
Times the race has been held here: 50
First GP: 1950, won by Giuseppe Farina
Total number of race laps: 52
Complete race distance: 198 kilometers (190.263 miles)
Pit lane speed limit: 80 kph (50 mph)
Pitlane length: 489m/0.304 miles, the longest of the season. Estimated time loss 23s
2016 winner: Lewis Hamilton, 52 laps, 1:34:55.831
2016 pole position: Lewis Hamilton – 1:29.287
2016 fastest lap: Nico Rosberg, 1:35.548.
Most wins (driver): Jim Clark/Alain Prost – 5
Most wins(team): Ferrari – 15
Lap record: Mark Webber – Red Bull Racing – 2013 – 1:33.401
Smallest winning margin: 0.765s, in 2013
Circuit Length: 5.891km/3.660 miles
Direction: Clockwise
Turns: 18
Distance to Turn 1 : 420m/0.261 miles
Longest straight: Hangar Straight, 780m on the approach to Turn 15
Fastest corner: 290km/h (180mph), Turn 10
Slowest corner: 90km/h (56mph), Turn Four
Top Speed: 320km/h/199mph, on the approach to Turn 15
Full throttle: 66%
DRS Zones: Two, on the approaches to Turns One and Three
Key Corner: Turn Nine, a tricky right-hander to end the lap.
Fuel consumption: 1.7kg per lap, making it relatively high for a track with only nine corners
ERS Demands: High. The short lap provides few opportunities to recover the permitted 2mj of energy
Brake wear: Medium. There are only three significant braking events
Gear changes: 54 per lap /3,834 per race
Safety car likelihood: Low, due to the large run-off areas.
Tyre choices: Soft, Supersoft, Ultrasoft
Weather: Hot (30) and sunny
Chance of rain: 23%
Grip levels: Average. The majority of the asphalt was laid in 1997
Run off: Plentiful with a mix of gravel and asphalt

A lap around Silverstone.

You start off on the new main pit straight before taking the first turn flat out. Then you come into two hairpins. The first one is more open than the second one, and the second you really want to go for as early as you can.

Then you go through the old last couple of corners –very tricky braking here – before going along the old pit straight. It’s very tricky here on power, as well. Then you get to the very high-speed section. It’s a great sensation in the car here. You stay flat out as much as you can into Maggotts and Becketts, and then downshifting every corner a gear, and then you’re onto the Hanger Straight to Stowe corner.

This is another tricky one where you enter very quickly. You want to go on the power as quick as you can, but the corner is closing down more than you think. Then you go to the last chicane – heavy braking and it’s very bumpy. Then you’ve got your final throttle application with a lot of g-force on the right-hand side and you cross the finish line.