This upcoming weekend of 28-30 June 2013 is special as Formula One heads to the UK for the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix. With its headquarters and heart nestled in Banbury, a mere 55 km away from the Silverstone Circuit, the Marussia Team feels like they’ll be racing at home: “We are proud to be the only Anglo-Russian team on the grid and next year we will have two home races to celebrate, but for now, with our operational base in Banbury, Silverstone continues to be ‘home asphalt’ for us. We are also delighted to be fielding a British driver for the first time in our brief history”, said John Booth, Team Principal for the Marussia F1 Team.
Its British driver Max Chilton’s first time taking Silverstone as a Formula One driver and, being very well acquainted to the track and the vibrant atmosphere that surrounds the race, he’s naturally very excited: “I know from having raced at Silverstone previously that the atmosphere is electric, with a sea of Union Jack flags and some big noise coming from the grandstands. I’m sure it will be better than ever this year with four British drivers in the mix. As for the circuit itself, it has always been a real driver’s track with a character all if its own. The high-speed corners make it really exciting to drive, particularly Copse, Becketts and Stowe. We have a few small developments for this race but we are also still making progress with the updates we brought prior to that, so I’m optimistic that we will be able to put a good weekend together on track. Off-track, it’s looking very busy but exciting, with a lot of media activity and appearances. All in all, I can’t wait.”
Silverstone is built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone, which opened in 1943. After the war ended it was abandoned and reportedly used by automobile sports’ fans from nearby villages as an impromptu track until the Royal Automobile Club took a lease on the airfield in 1948 and set out a more formal racing circuit. Silverstone has undergone several layout changes and improvements to make it the world-class racetrack it is today. In Jules Bianchi’s own words: “As for the track, I really like it, having raced here before in different formulae. It is one of the best tracks on the calendar in my opinion – very fast, challenging and technical. I’ve done some good preparation and now I can’t wait to start running on Friday.”
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