The 2015 F1 British Grand Prix: where to watch

July 3, 2015

Populous Senior Principal Mike Trice and Drew MacDonald, Senior Engineer at West Surrey Racing and circuit design consultant to Populous, let us in on the best places around the circuit to watch the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix this weekend

The very first F1 championship race was held at the Silverstone Circuit in 1950, and it’s still going strong 65 years later. A capacity 150,000-strong crowd is set to enjoy the latest edition this weekend, with millions more tuning in to watch and listen all around the world.

Silverstone has always been famous for its fast flowing nature. The dramatic update made to the circuit in 2010 maintained the fast character, and in fact reinstated the famously fast ‘Abbey’ corner, albeit turning to the right rather than the left.

The 2010 updates also included new overtaking opportunities at ‘Village’, ‘The Loop’ and ‘Brooklands’, as well as vastly improved spectating vantage points. It’s well worth a walk around to ‘Maggots’ and ‘Becketts’ to see one of the fastest sequences of corners in F1, or down to the new GA (general admission) area on the ‘Vale’ straight, which brings spectators a lot closer to some great overtaking and last lap moves at the Vale chicane.

To experience an F1 car taking a 120 degree corner at 200mph then a trip to Abbey corner is a must; the only speed lost through there is down to ‘scrubbing speed’ through turning the steering wheel!

Silverstone hasn’t lost any of its original character but it’s gained speed and opportunity. It’s going to be a great race.

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