Formula 1

’Cool’ Silverstone ‘Not an easy track’ to Drive, says Romain Grosjean

2 Mins read
Romain Grosjean - Haas F1 Team
Credit: Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean will arrive at the Silverstone Circuit this weekend looking to carry the momentum from last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix where he finally secured his first points of the season at the ninth time of asking.

The Haas F1 Team racer achieved a fourth place finish at the Red Bull Ring, the best result for his team in the two and a half years of racing in Formula 1, and it gave him twelve points that moved him to fifteenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings heading into this weekend’s round in Great Britain.

Grosjean says the Silverstone circuit is a ‘cool’ track but one that is far from easy, and it is important that the VF-18 is well balanced if they are to attack the corners hard, particularly in the ones that require total commitment and are taken flat-out.

“It’s a really cool track, especially the fast part through Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel corners,” said Grosjean.  “When you have the grip in the car there, you really get the sensation of the g-forces.

“Everything’s pushing down. You really want to get the first part of the flowing corners right. If you don’t, you just lose a lot of time. When the car is very stable and has good balance, you can go flat-out and really push it to the limit.

“Silverstone is not an easy track,” he continued.  “You’ve got all the high-speed sections, where you really want to carry some speed and get fast. Then you’ve got the twisty turns three and four, then the whole last corner, which is tricky on the throttle application.

“Generally, you need a good rear-end, and if you get that, you can then put some front-flap on and go faster.”

Grosjean says there are a few spots around the Silverstone Circuit where overtaking is possible, but he says it is an easier proposition if the car in front is not as well balanced as his own car, something he hopes to capitalise on this Sunday.

“There are a few spots,” said the Frenchman.  “On the straights and through the high-speed corners, you have an opportunity if your car is much better balanced than the car in front of you.

“After turn three or turn four, there’s the long section after the slow-speed corners, and that’s a good opportunity, as well. But the thing about Silverstone is really the difference between a well-balanced car and an unbalanced car –that’s where the opportunity lies.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

PREVIEW: 2024 FIA Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

2 Mins read
Formula 1 heads to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend! Mercedes are in form, but Verstappen and Norris will be fighting back. Tight midfield battles are heating up too as the Hungaroring challenges teams and drivers. Read our preview to find out more ahead of the weekend!
Formula 1

RB vs Haas: The Battle for Sixth

5 Mins read
With the F1 season halfway through, the fight for sixth in the Constructors’ Championship is intensifying between Visa Cash App RB and MoneyGram Haas F1 Team. Haas’ recent resurgence, fueled by car upgrades and strong driver performances, has closed the gap on RB who are struggling with a problematic upgrade package. The battle is set to be thrilling, with potential driver changes adding another layer of intrigue.
Formula 1

3 Talking Points from the 2024 British Grand Prix

4 Mins read
The 2024 British Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton return to the top step for the first time since 2021, but what other talking points came from the weekend? We discuss Mercedes’ resurgence, Lando Norris’ missed opportunity, and Sergio Perez’s growing pressure.