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Into the Arena: Silverstone to Use New Layout.

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21:  Sebastian Vettel (R) of Germany and Red Bull Racing leads away at the start of the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone on June 21, 2009 in Northampton, England.   (Photo by Steve Tee-Pool/Getty Images)
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Rhys WilliamsContributor IFebruary 11, 2010

The British Grand Prix will be sporting some new curves this season, as Silverstone have finally confirmed that they will be using the new Arena layout for this year's F1 race.


The new section, initially designed for the British Round of the MotoGP championship, will see the drivers sweep right at Abbey instead of left. They will then pass through a sweeping left and right curve into a hairpin, and then blast down a new straight.

The new Arena section will then rejoin the traditional circuit at the final curve, Luffield. However, the move may prove controversial with fans as the new layout cuts out Bridge, Farm and Priory, which were some of the most popular corners with some of the best vantage points.

Silverstone's Managing Director Richard Phillips conceded that the changes may be unpopular with some, but felt that the changes are essential to maintain Silverstone's place as one of the greatest circuits in the world.

"Some will miss not seeing modern day F1 cars accelerating through Bridge, but we have to move with the times and continue looking at ways to improve the overall experience."

"The new layout will bring an extra dimension to Silverstone, a new challenge for the drivers and will enable fans to get closer to the action."

The improvements to Silverstone, which coincide with their new 17 year deal to host the British Grand Prix, may also include a new pit lane.

The British Grand Prix will take place on 11 July 2010.

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