Silverstone, preview – Ross: “Silverstone has a very special atmosphere”
Round Nine of the 2012 Formula One World Championship is the British Grand Prix on Sunday 8 July. The second home race of the year for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team takes place at Silverstone, located just eight miles from the team’s factory in Brackley and 20 miles from Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth.
Seven corners in Silverstone are taken at over 250 kph - only Spa-Francorchamps has more high-speed corners.
The cars exceed 300 kph on five different occasions in the lap and achieve a maximum lateral force of 4.3G. The British Grand Prix has seen just one Safety Car period in the past five races - compared to 9 in Monaco.
As Ross explains, “as with any of our home races, the British Grand Prix is really a very special weekend for the team, particularly because its proximity to our two Northamptonshire-based factories enables so many of our employees to see our cars in action.
Silverstone has a very special atmosphere, with the British fans being so passionate about motorsport, and the new developments which we saw last year have really contributed to creating a fantastic venue for the Grand Prix weekend. Our successful weekend in Valencia has provided a further boost to the team, with a lot of hard work continuing at the factories to further improve our performance, and we look forward to having another strong weekend at Silverstone.”
For Norbert, “Silverstone is one of the most challenging circuits of the year, with average qualifying lap speeds of over 220 kph and seven of the 18 corners taken at over 250 kph. It is a complete test of both car and driver. This is also a special race for our Silver Arrows works team, with our factories in Brackley and Brixworth both located nearby the circuit, and our colleagues will be watching our British home race with particular attention.
Since his first win in China on 15th April, Nico has scored 75 points in six races, just one fewer than championship leader Fernando Alonso in the same period. Michael finished on the podium in third place in Valencia, after technical problems in the previous rounds had prevented him from scoring a similar number of points to his team-mate. Our full focus is now on improving our speed and achieving total reliability.
It is also worth noting that the three British drivers on the grid this weekend will be racing with Mercedes-Benz power and, indeed, Mercedes-Benz was part of the last 30 victories for British drivers in Formula One.
Silverstone can lay claim to being on of the homes of motorsport and the fans there are among the most knowledgeable. Everybody in the team is looking forward to this classic race with the aim of delivering a good performance.”