A brand new barrier on the dwelling of the British Grand Prix guarantees to permit followers a greater view of the monitor at certainly one of Silverstone’s fundamental motion spots.
The new fence on the strategy to Brooklands nook (flip six) on the surface of the circuit has been positioned round 15 metres nearer to the monitor. The change has been made attainable by the introduction of a fence which can also be used on the Miami International Autodrome which was newly-built this yr to host its first F1 race.
The barrier, designed by Geobrugg, has been homologated by the FIA and FIM, the governing our bodies of automobile and bike racing. It complies with the FIA’s assessments for circuit particles boundaries, which should stand up to being struck by a automobile at an angle of 20 levels and velocity of 120kph. They are additionally examined by firing a 780 kilogram ball from a cannon at 60kph.
Silverstone’s new barrier runs alongside the Wellington straight on the drivers’ left-hand aspect for 248 metres. F1 drivers will go by at over 300kph earlier than braking for Brooklands.
“With the speed of the straight and the new safety aspects of Formula 1, it was the right time to move to the Geobrugg system,” mentioned Silverstone circuit supervisor Lee Howkins. “We want to make sure we’re giving the fans the best experience and the best views.”
The placement of the brand new barrier was overseen by Dromo Circuit Design, which was previously handled the resurfacing of Silverstone in 2019. “We decided to use this system not only because it’s FIA-approved but because it’s very easy to install and if we have to move it slightly or adjust something, we can,” mentioned Dromo CEO Jarno Zaffelli. “It was a no-brainer.”
The boundaries have been broadly used all through the non permanent circuit in Miami which F1 raced at for the primary time this yr. The monitor format needed to match inside a compact space surrounding the Hard Rock Stadium.
Some drivers expressed concern at using the barrier at one level on the circuit, the gradual chicane at flip 14, the place Carlos Sainz Jnr and Esteban Ocon crashed. Alpine crew principal Otmar Szafnauer was amongst those that questioned whether a TecPro barrier should have been used instead.
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