Defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button
has confessed to anticipating 'a few unexpected issues' dependent upon the state of the track surface over the course of the three days – which thankfully are forecast to be dry – and Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sébastien Buemi muses that 'the key question will be if the people know enough about F1 to want to attend the race'.
A pertinent example of track problems arising from a recent resurfacing was the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix
in Montreal, when the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
needed to be patched up in-between qualifying and the race and resurfaced altogether after the weekend. As a measure of timing, meanwhile, it has been noted that the tarmac for the new section at Silverstone this year was laid down almost two months ahead of the first competitive action there – but Lotus Racing chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne reflects that whatever will be, will be.
“It is always a bit of a step into the unknown when you go to a new venue, but we have completed a number of simulation programmes at the factory that have given us a pretty good idea of how the car will behave on-track,” the Englishman mused. “The big unknowns are what downforce levels to run, and how the track surface will stand up to the rigours of a full race weekend.
“We will find the right set-up over the weekend, and any track issues are out of our control – it has been passed by the FIA, so we will just go there and do our best. If there are any problems, it will be the same for everyone, so we cannot waste time worrying about what might happen.”