Turn 1 – Watch the frantic start to the British GP
Abbey has now earned the title of turn 1 thanks to the introduction of the new circuit layout and location of the pits and paddock for 2011. Formerly a tight chicane, Abbey is now an immensely fast right hand corner that is approached at 300km/h and leads onto the new circuit loop, first introduced for the 2010 British Grand Prix.
View from Abbey
Criticised for the huge bump at the turn in point, the corner split the F1 drivers opinions with some believing it to ruin what would be a good corner, and others citing that it only added to the challenge. Watching the cars from the outside, it is very noticeable.
It is likely that the Abbey and International Pit Straight grandstands will look quite different to how they did in the past, but the view will be just as great for the first lap dash into the first corner
Sitting at Abbey for the 2013 race will be a truly unique experience. The distance from the grid to the corner is relatively short. To think of F1 cars arriving here side by side and in a big group wets the appetite and is an extremely tempting prospect. The atmosphere around this area of the circuit will of course be electric.
Silverstone Abbey Tickets
Big thanks for the Abbey photo at the top. This was courtesy of:
Codename Geoff http://www.flickr.com/photos/geoff1701owen/