Despite having previously criticised the revised layout to the Silverstone circuit, British Racing Driver’s Club President Damon Hill is now singing its praises, describing the Arena layout as “a racetrack of the future”.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, Hill added: “It looks like it has the potential to be a real corker. We have designed a challenging, exciting track for them [the drivers] that will make them like racing here more than ever".
The new loop – 760m in length and replacing the sequence between Abbey, Bridge and Priory – was originally planned for MotoGP, but will also be used for July’s British GP.
In a previous interview in February, the 1996 World Champion described the Arena add-on as a “frustrating compromise” that risked “destroying the essence” of the venue that hosted the first modern-era World Championship Grand Prix in 1950.
The changes to the circuit – which will be formally opened by the Duke of York on Thursday – cost about $8M, which should be more that offset by the additional ticket sales the venue will undoubtedly be able to secure.