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Uncovering Silverstone's engineering secrets for F1 success

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Formula 1 returns to Silverstone this weekend, but despite its familiarity to all the teams it is no picnic. Here are five of the key points for engineers to consider prior to the British Grand Prix.

Throughout its seven decades as a Formula 1 circuit, Silverstone has changed significantly. Once a circuit that ran around the perimeter of an old RAF base, it has metamorphosed into one of the world’s most renowned racing venues, blending some of motorsport’s most iconic corners into a fast and flowing layout.

In 2010, the layout received its most dramatic change since its 1991 overhaul, bypassing the Abbey/Bridge corners with a more comprehensive infield section to fit the Wellington straight into the equation. It’s not only a mainstay of the F1 calendar but one of its toughest circuits, with a penchant for the unexpected and the punishment it inflicts on the cars demanding extensive preparations from the teams.

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