|Toughest corner Turn Nine (Copse). Taken in eighth gear, with an apex speed of 295km/h (183mph), this right-hand corner requires total commitment from the drivers. In qualifying it’s possible to take it flat-out, depending on your car’s set-up, while in the race – when the car is heavy with fuel – it usually requires a slight lift of the throttle.
Focus points High-speed balance. With an average speed in excess of 240km/h (150mph), Silverstone is one of the fastest circuits on the Formula 1 calendar. Ten of the 18 corners are taken at speeds in excess of 160km/h (100mph) and Turns 10-14 (Maggotts-Becketts) make up one of the most iconic sections of track in the world. All of the corners – three left, two right – are taken in sixth gear or higher and the drivers don’t use the brakes.
Biggest challenge New asphalt. The track has been re-laid since last year, using the same asphalt that’s used in Barcelona and Paul Ricard. The teams don’t yet know how it will affect tyre wear or grip levels, but experience at the Spanish and French Grands Prix suggests lap times will be much faster. For that reason, Pirelli is bringing its hard compound rubber to a race for the first time in 2018.