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Britain 2012 - Race information // Everything you need to know about the British Grand Prix

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The streak of different winners was broken at the European Grand Prix, when Fernando Alonso secured his second win of 2012 in front of his home crowd at Valencia. After two weeks off, Formula One returns to action at Silverstone, where we are still getting used to the new look circuit, and we anticipate plenty of rain to intervene with proceedings. What does the weekend hold, and who will be victorious? I can't answer those questions, but I can tell you everything you need to know in the lead up to the British GP weekend.

Event schedule

Alonso's win moved him back into the lead of the championship, but the incredible season we have seen so far is keeping plenty of drivers in contention. Jenson Button has been struggling recently, and would love a home victory in front of the fans, but his teammate is also on an upswing of potential at the moment. Meanwhile, speculation continues over which Lotus driver could get a win first, if the team prove to be capable of securing first place any time soon.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionGMT +0100Local
6 JulFridayFree Practice 110:0010:00
Free Practice 214:0014:00
7 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:0010:00
Qualifying13:0013:00
8 JulSundayGrand Prix13:0013:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3, HFO Historic and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

The weather

It will not surprise anyone to know that the weather for the weekend is forecast to be just a little bit wet. There are showers predicted through the whole weekend, starting from now. It will make quite a change from the Valencian location, where the sun was shining brightly in the clear blue sky.

rain

Silverstone, Friday

18℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 81%

Rain, rain

showers

Silverstone, Saturday

19℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 78%

Showers

rain

Silverstone, Sunday

18℃

  • Low 13℃
  • Humidity 84%

Stormy weather

Circuit map

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DRS Zones
DRS detection25m before Turn 3
DRS activation45m after Turn 4

The run of single-DRS zones continues as Silverstone has both detection and activation in exactly the same place as last year, at the first serious kink in the track after the start, leading onto Hangar Straight.

Last year, there was talk that Charlie Whiting had considered two zones, but overtaking was easy enough with the single zone. Drivers will be able to use the DRS until they reach the left hander at Turn 6.

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameSilverstone Circuit
LocationSilverstone
TimezoneGMT +0100
First Race1950
Laps52
Length5.891 km
Distance306.198 km
Start / Finish Offset0.134 km

Silverstone has undergone some massive changes recently, but over the past twelve months things have been a little bit more stable. The only things to note are the entry to the pits being straightened, and the pit lane speed limit line moving up 50 metres.

The track is longer now than its previous incarnation, and the drivers are still not quite convinced that the new Arena layout has improved things any. Almost 70% of a lap is full throttle, and one of the key things to get on top of is the high downforce levels required.

The race will be a complete opposite to Valencia in terms of temperature, with the Silverstone circuit offering much lower degrees. Teams are expecting a three stop strategy to be the way to go.

2011 Results
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Mark WebberRed Bull1:46.603Live / Results
Free Practice 2Felipe MassaFerrari1:49.967Live / Results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:31.401Live / Results
QualifyingMark WebberRed Bull1:30.339Live / Results
Grand PrixFernando AlonsoFerrari1:28:41.196Live / Results
Fastest LapFernando AlonsoFerrari1:34.908

Tyre compounds

Hard and soft compounds
Hard and soft compounds

This weekend, Pirelli are giving teams a couple of extra sets of hard tyres for practice, hoping for some feedback on yet another experimental compound. Meanwhile, the tyres in use for the weekend proper are the hard compound (silver sidewalls) and the softer compound (yellow sidewalls).

As ever, Paul Hembery has a thought or two on the circuit this weekend:

Silverstone is one of the most iconic circuits on the Formula One calendar, precisely because it is so demanding for the drivers, cars and tyres. This is why we have chosen to test a new experimental hard compound here during free practice, which we may use in the future. The new tyre has a slightly wider working range, which should make it easier for the teams to get the tyres into the right operating temperature window. But with the championship so finely balanced, our priority is to ensure that no one team is handed any particular advantage.

- Paul Hembery

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayLocalAttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Fernando AlonsoFerrari
Paul di RestaForce India
Romain GrosjeanLotus
Lewis HamiltonMcLaren
Vitaly PetrovCaterham
Bruno SennaWilliams
Friday16:00James AllisonLotus
Robert FernleyForce India
Pat FryFerrari
Mark GillanWilliams
Adrian NeweyRed Bull
Rob WhiteRenault Sport
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Paul GutjahrPresident of the FIA Hill Climb Commission
Paolo LongoniMember of the Italian Sport Commission
Nigel Mansell1992 F1 Champion

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