Each month, we’ll dissect one of the country’s top tracks to give you the edge on your next trackday. This time it’s our Silverstone track guide.
Home of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Silverstone offers some of the most high-speed action and challenging sections of any circuit in the world.
The start of the 3.66-mile GP circuit is on the newly-named Hamilton Straight opposite the Wing. Almost flat out, the first corner to tackle is the right-hander of Abbey, which leads immediately into the left-hander of Farm before you brake heavily into the right-handed turn three; Village Corner. The even slower left-hander of the Loop comes immediately after, and leads into the opening left-hander of Aintree, before heading down the Wellington Straight. Turn six, the left-hander of Brooklands, is tight and leads immediately into the right-hand hairpin of Luffield. The right-handed kink of Woodcote leads cars down the old pit straight, before the difficult fast right-hander of Copse. Then, comes the challenging complex of Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel – a fast left-right-left-right-left complex. This then leads down the 770-metre Hangar Straight with the fast right-hander of Stowe at the end. The fifteenth turn of the track, Stowe, precedes a short straight, named Vale, which leads downhill towards the Club complex. Heavy braking is required for the left-hander of turn 16, and understeer can be an issue for the next right-handers of turns 17 and 18, as you tentatively accelerate round to the start-finish straight. As you’d expect, the surface is excellent, though some standing water can gather in places in very wet conditions. Just off the A43 in Northants, Silverstone is easily reached from the M1 and track days start at £219 for a full day on the National circuit.
Silverstone track guide: fast facts
Track length: 3.66 miles (GP), 1.64 miles (National)
Corners: 18 (GP), 6 (National)
Highlight: The exit of Chapel onto the long, wide Hangar Straight, probably the best chance in the UK you’ll find to really stretch your car’s legs.
Price: From £219 (National), £319 (GP)