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- Sepang, Malaysia
- Shanghai, China
- Sakhir, Bahrain
- Montmelo, Spain
- Monte Carlo, Monaco
- Montreal, Canada
- Silverstone, Great Britain
- Nürburg, Germany
- Budapest, Hungary
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Monza, Italy
- Yeongam, South Korea
- Suzuka, Japan
- New Delhi, India
- Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
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- Sao Paolo, Brazil
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30 Jun 2013 Silverstone, Great Britain
The entry to Maggotts and Becketts is very quick, as is Copse. That’s where you see an F1 car doing what it does best: cornering quickly. If you’re going to the race, bear in mind that you’re in the UK. It can get pretty cold at Silverstone – it wasn’t an airfield in the old days for nothing!
Copse: seventh gear, a blind approach, 5g. One of the best corners in F1.
Becketts: a stark reminder of the cornering ability of an F1 car. Seventh gear on the entry, fifth gear on the exit and lots of fast changes of direction. Your neck feels it through here.
Abbey: There’s a bump on the entry that tries to unsettle the car. There’s also a lot of jostling for position on lap one.
Luffield: a long, slow right-hander. The exit is crucial because you don’t really hit the brakes until you get to Stowe 35 seconds later.
||30 June 2013
|No. of laps
||1:34.908 – F Alonso (2011)
I love racing at Silverstone. I’ve had a fair bit of success there over the years and my win last year was particularly satisfying because the weather was crazy all weekend. The first dry running we had was in the race itself, when Fernando [Alonso] and I were on different tyre strategies. I knew that if I could stay in touch with him during the early stages, I would be in with a chance at the end, and that’s what happened.
The British Grand Prix is one of the best races of the year in terms of atmosphere. The fans are great because they’re very knowledgeable and they are very open in their support of all the drivers. Jenson [Button], Lewis [Hamilton], Paul [di Resta] and Max [Chilton] will get the most noise, but I have a good level of support as well. The drivers’ parade is always fun.
Another enjoyable aspect of the race weekend is the fact that I get to stay at home. I don’t go near a hotel room, which is a novelty, and I commute 40 minutes each way from my home near Aylesbury. There’s nothing quite like going for a run with the dogs on race morning!
Red Bull Racing is based just down the road from Silverstone, in Milton Keynes, so the race is a chance for the guys and girls in the factory to come and see what’s going on. Let’s hope we can achieve another top result for them this year.
AS A MATTER OF FACT…
- Mark is one of only two drivers on the grid to have won at Silverstone twice. As is the case at Monaco, the other driver is Fernando Alonso.
- Mark has won at Silverstone in every category except for Formula 3. In 1997 he started a wet F3 race at the track in pole position, but he fell back with tyre problems.
- Mark is a regular fixture at Silverstone’s post-race concert. He’s given a warm welcome by the fans of his adopted country; luckily, he isn’t asked to sing.
- After starting his F1 career with the Italian Minardi team, Mark has driven for British-based
teams ever since. Jaguar (2003 – ’04), Williams (2005 – ’06), Red Bull Racing (2007 – present).