Silverstone launches Arena Circuit
29 April 2010 – Silverstone has officially unveiled the brand-new circuit configuration which will play host to this year's British Grand Prix. The Arena layout, which will involve competitors navigating a new loop between Abbey and Brooklands, will also be used for this year's MotoGP race, which moves from Donington Park.
With the new section of track having been designed specifically for motorcycle racing, circuit owner the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) also elected to race Formula 1 on the new section, which will involve the lap time being increased and lap amounts therefore being decreased.
As well as the modified track, the Northamptonshire venue has also constructed a brand-new grandstand on the start/finish straight, overlooking a new run-off area suitable for MotoGP, and raised banking and seating areas at the Maggots/Becketts complex.
"This is a new circuit for a new generation of people to enjoy motorsport and we believe it will offer a big challenge to drivers as well," BRDC Chairman and 1996 World Champion Damon Hill said to guests including drivers Mark Webber, David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert as well as F1 team representatives Christian Horner, Nick Fry and Mike Gascoyne plus a selection of the BBC television on-screen team.
A lap of the Arena Circuit courtesy of Martin Brundle and James Allen On F1: