F1 » Hill 'not satisfied' with new layout for British GP

BRDC president and 1996 F1 world champion Damon Hill concedes he is not a big fan of the revised circuit that will be utilised for this year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

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February 12, 2010 1:05 PM

It's a tough one...

Damon no-doubt knows what makes a good circuit from the pov of a rider/driver, but I went to Silverstone in 2009 for the F1 and from my poverty stricken bit of grass couldn't see a thing...

..just heard a loud screech every few seconds.

I'm not going to pay £100 for the privilege of that, so Silverstone have done the right thing in giving fans a circuit with better visibility and greater over taking opportunities.

Money talks in this game, and they need 120,000 spectators to line their pockets!

Spang - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 1:57 PM

If they are building for the bikes anyway, then if it is a disaster and everyone hates it, can't they just go back to the original track the next year? Bikes can use one track, cars the other. Or are they digging up the old track for a stand or something?

BLZ - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 1:58 PM

£5M or £38M? Weve had reports of both figures in the last few weeks now and i seem to remember 5 was the figure quoted last year...
Nice to see not everybody is towing the official line of 'itll be the best circuit ever' thats been quoted by everyone and their cat's dog's missus since the press release to confirm they werent behind schedule...


Kerpen - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 2:00 PM

Will this old man ever be pleased? He's always moaning about something. The new track will only miss out 3 corners from the last version, big deal. The new track will be great (as long as Herman Tilke doesn't get his greasy hands on it.)

George Zaidan

February 12, 2010 5:36 PM

I can't say if Hill is right or not but he must know what he is talking about, if he disagrees with the layout and there is still time to revise the design, he should be heard and so should any other driver(s) all ideas should be considered and the best plans implemented. Why create a track that is not the best for the drivers to test their skills against each other, after all in the end that's what people are paying for when they go to see the race.

Snail - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 5:51 PM

@Kerpen....Firstly Damon Hill is not an old man he is perhaps middle aged ,with a wealth of motor racing experience and a World Champion to boot.He, and his family are steeped in the tradition of F1 and he speaks from a solid platform and not the rickety old one from which you so naively do.

Kerpen - Unregistered

February 12, 2010 6:04 PM

@ snail. Yes, Damon the gentleman. He is 50 years old with 27 years of racing experience with 22 F1 wins and 1 world championship. Still, that doesn't give him the right to say the new Silverstone f1 track "isn't up to standard" it will be a fantastic layout, especially when we see Rossi, Lorenzo and the other lads roaring through it.

Mark _

February 12, 2010 7:08 PM

I would be really surprised if the new layout actually has three overtaking spots for F1. The Abbey corner does not seem to be one. The next right hander looks to be the most promising. With the long left leading into it it is a lot like the new hairpin at Hockenheim. That seems to work pretty well.

I will miss Bridge, but that really has not been the same since they added the Abbey chicane.

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