Silverstone has confirmed it will use the new Arena circuit layout for this year’s British GP, making it the second GP circuit to radically alter its circuit layout in the wake of changes to Bahrain GP circuit at Sakhir.
From now on, cars will turn right at Abbey and onto the International Circuit opposite to its usual direction. From there, a sequence of new bends near the Maggots complex will loop the track onto the National Straight and into Brooklands to rejoin the current Grand Prix track.
"We have been very careful, working closely with drivers and riders, to make sure we are improving and enhancing what Silverstone already has to offer from a drivers’, riders’ and spectators’ point of view," explained the circuit’s managing director, Richard Phillips.
"Some will miss not seeing modern day F1 cars accelerating through Bridge, but we have to move with the times and continue looking at ways to improve the overall experience. The new layout will bring an extra dimension to Silverstone, a new challenge for the drivers and will enable fans to get closer to the action."
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