Updated: Jul 31, 2021
Silverstone, an absolute classic. After hosting the very first Formula One Grand Prix in 1950, the airfield track of Silverstone remains one of the most famous tracks in the world and still is an ultimate challenge. Maggots, Becketts, Copse & Stowe to name a few corners you might have heard of. This high-speed circuit requires a good downforce package and lots of power.
Sector 1 of Silverstone is a real mix of corners, starting with the high-speed full-throttle Abbey and Farm, before slowing things right down through Village and The Loop. Finally, the left kink of Aintree takes you onto the infield DRS Wellington Straight.
Turn 1 (Abbey)
Silverstone has been turning right at Abbey for quite a few years now following modifications to the track layout in 2010, forming the new 'Arena' section. This change also turned Abbey into the new Turn 1, replacing Copse.
Abbey is easily flat out in a modern F1 car in 8th gear. Therefore, it is important to be smooth and try not to scrub speed.
It can help to take a bit of kerb on entry to widen the line in, before taking the apex right up to the raised red kerbs. Make sure not to cut the corner and don't run wide on exit to help the run through T2.
Turn 2 (Farm Curve)
Similarly to Abbey, Turn 2 of Farm is easily flat and the main goal here is to minimise steering angle and distance travelled.
Try to stay tight to the inside and use some kerb but don't let it scrub your speed.
Turn 3 (Village)
The first braking zone on the track is for Turn 3 of Village. You want to brake just as the kerb starts on the left before shifting down to 4th gear.
At the apex use the flat kerb but stay off the sausage kerb as this will unsettle the car.
Make sure not to run out too wide as this will make it harder to get back over to the right for T4, where the exit is much more important.
Turn 4 (The Loop)
Turn 4 of The Loop is one of the slowest corners on the track. For this one a late apex is key, so get well over to the right coming out of T3.
Shift down to 2nd gear before short-shifting to improve traction to get a better exit onto the infield straight. Exit speed is very important here.
Turn 5 (Aintree)
Aintree - Turn 5 takes us onto the Wellington Straight. This left-hand kink is easily flat and is all about carrying as much speed onto the DRS zone as possible.
Aim to just narrowly miss the two sausage kerbs as they will scrub off speed - just keep it smooth through here. Open DRS as soon as you can.