The Formula 1 is returning to where it all began 70 years ago. The Circus arrives in Silverstone, the scene of the first race in the history of the category, in 1950, to two GP in a row. But who is the favourite for the british Grand Prix on Sunday? To understand this, we look at the characteristics of the track. And that track: Silverstone is the entry in the legend, not only for that distant day of 1950 when Nino Farina won in his Alfa Romeo 158, but also to the peculiarities of the track, one of the most loved by the riders. And it could not be otherwise: the circuit boasts some of the curves the most iconic in the motoring world. Copse, Maggotts, Becketts, Stowe: the names etched in the mind of the fans, but also riders who have to deal with.
And, in the case of the Copse, there is by damaging it even in full, the icing on the cake of a track that, despite the changes over the years, it has not lost its essence, speed. The average mileage of 249 km/h), the Red Bull Ring. And the accelerator remains in the tablet for 76% of the lap. Numbers that make us understand how thecontribution of the power units is essential to make the centre: both in terms of reliability, since the engine is particularly stressed, but also to maximum power. But the fact that the track is extremely fast, should not mislead: the aerodynamic load is higher than that seen at the Red Bull Ring.
The reason is soon said: you need downforce to better cope with the fast corners of Silverstone. On the british circuit you have to have an excellent aerodynamic efficiency: it is necessary to, in essence, to find the perfect balance for the downforce needed to embrace the changes of direction, without affecting the speed on the straight. And to complicate the work of the technicians think the characteristics are profoundly different curves of the track. For the section Maggotts-Becketts-Chapel, serves a front can ensure accuracy in your entry. Direction changes more large, as the Brooklands, there is a need for stability in the mileage, while in the slow corners you need to grip the mechanical.
On a track like Silverstone the tyres are particularly stressed. For this reason, Pirelli has decided to opt for the three compounds toughest of its range for the Formula 1, C1, C2, and C3. This is the first of the two races in the program. For the GP of the 70th Anniversary of the next week, instead, we will use C2, C3, and C4, to sparigliare cards on the table at the level of strategy in the race. Are not put in difficulty the brakes. In each case, Silverstone remains a technical track, capable of putting to the test pilots: a challenge, in short.
And this challenge, Lewis Hamilton has been able to respond better over the years, accumulating six victories in the house. Facilitated by a W11 space, he is the suspect number one for the success. And if the Mercedes flies, the Ferrari will be again in the Purgatory, since the performance of the engine and the aerodynamic efficiency are two of the worries that make you lose sleep to the engineers of Red. Behind the Mercedes, you will need to keep an eye on the now usual uncomfortable Racing Point, became a fixed presence in the noble parts of the classfica. But much will also depend on the Red Bull: the engineers and Milton Keynes to find a way of appeasing the capricious RB16?