Text: Alex Yoong / Photos: | posted June 28, 2013 01:35
British Grand Prix Preview
The 2013 British Grand Prix will be held at the iconic Silverstone Circuit that has seen many dramatic races over the years, especially Webber's triumph over Alonso, when he overtook the Ferrari driver on lap 48 of 52 for a thrilling win last year.
With Silverstone being an old open airfield, the slightest breeze can change the course of the race, putting each driver’s versatility to the challenge as they weather out the tough conditions that will either make them or break them.
Silverstone is also known to have one of the highest ‘lateral’ G tracks among the many races, along with Barcelona and Suzuka. The turbo fast Copse followed by the Becketts Complex is one of the most fun and challenging sections on the Grand Prix calendar. Even though the high speed corners on the track will put the tires to the test, the likelihood of the tyres wearing out fast is low as the tarmac here is not high grip.
This year, RedBull returns to the tracks on a high after winning in Canada with championship leader, Sebastian Vettel. They have much to look forward to at the Silverstone, seeing as how generous the circuit has been to them in recent years. One of RedBull’s winning bet is their superior aero efficiency that is key in dominating fast routes such as the Silverstone.
All eyes are on Ferrari as they are definitely the team to beat this weekend. Alonso’s win at Barcelona puts him at an advantage for the Silverstone, as both tracks are vastly similar. Although it is evident that Ferrari has levelled up in its fast corner speed, it all boils down to who has better tyre wear between the two reigning competitors. If the tyre wear at Silverstone is that of Barcelona’s, then Ferrari could possibly pose as the biggest threat, especially to teams that are coming on strong like Lotus. But if that is not the case, then RedBull might not have much to worry about.
The qualifying rounds will set the benchmark as it is almost impossible to overtake in Silverstone. So if Alonso hopes to take centre spot on the podium, he will have to get the better of Vettel this time round since he has not done so at all this year.
McLaren face more pressure than ever before after a disastrous Canadian GP, where neither drivers finished in the points. Their promise to get better is almost seemingly hollow and they have much to bring to the table. McLaren, it’s time to change gear!
As most of the teams are based in the UK, this race will prove to be as equally important for each of them. We can anticipate many surprises down the road, possibly even having Force India at the front of the midfield with Sauber and Torro Rosso hot on their wheels.
Williams might struggle here too, after what has been seen in Canada. The battle between Caterham and Marussia will definitely heat up, and we can expect the unexpected towards the last few laps of the race.
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