21 June 2013
Formula One talking points ahead of the British Grand Prix
Dan Connor looks ahead to the 2013 F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Crash.net contributor Dan Connor discusses the allure of Silverstone, Christian Horner's OBE, Hamilton's chances and next season's potential rookies...
British Grand Prix special for everyone
Britain tends to have a knack of getting it right when it comes to sporting events. Last year's Olympic Games in London was the ultimate example, that the world enjoys coming to play sport on our shores.
From Wimbledon to the Open Championship, to the Grand National and the FA Cup final at Wembley, Britain has a glittering annual sporting calendar, and the British Grand Prix is no exception to the list.
All week we've heard the views of Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul Di Resta and even rookie Max Chilton on Silverstone. Everyone loves their home race. To be the one, or one of a select few, who draws hundreds of thousands of supporters through the gates is a great feeling. But what makes a venue extra special is when the rest of the world relishes arriving.
The fast, flowing sections of Maggots and Becketts are among the favourites on the F1 calendar for drivers', and Silvertsone's steeped history also helps makes it special to competitors from all nationalities.
With seven of the eleven teams also based in the UK, Silverstone can be seen as a home race to many and a good opportunity to please the factory, the sponsors and fans.
Three time champion Sebastian Vettel has spoken of his love for the circuit, ranking it among his favourites of the year: "The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is a highlight of the season and one of my favourite tracks," he says.
"Only Suzuka can be compared to Silverstone, no other track on the calendar has such a sequence of superfast corners like Silverstone does. Copse Corner, Maggots, Becketts and Chapel are amongst the four best corners in Formula One, they belong together.
"You have to catch the first one perfectly, otherwise the rhythm is off for all of them and at the end, Chapel is so insanely fast. If you have driven properly in the previous three corners and the car is well tuned then you can drive through full throttle. You go through at roughly 270kph, it's really amazing. You don't have long to think about it, so just give it full throttle and go."
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