From 8 to 10 July, the Silverstone circuit will host the 10th round of the 2016 Formula 1 season.
Theatre for the opening race of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, the British track has undergone various modifications over the years. The length of the track went from the original 4,649 km to its current 5,891 km. The average speed, although lower, is still among the top 3 in the championship. Last year the pole winner touched 230 km/h on average per lap. In fact, it is a flowing track with long, fast turns that translate into braking sections that are not too demanding.
According to the Brembo engineers, who have classified the 21 tracks in the Championship on a scale from 1 to 10, the Silverstone circuit is, along with Interlagos, one of the least demanding tracks for brakes. The British track earned a difficulty index of 3. This does not mean that the drivers do not use the brakes, but simply that the stress to which they are subjected, although greater than that of the single-seaters a decade ago, is lower than the other tracks.
In the event of adverse weather conditions, however, given the low energy levels at play, problems can occur connected to the excessive cooling and "glazing" of the friction material. In fact, the carbon used to make discs and pads does not guarantee correct generation of friction material at temperatures that are too low, thereby compromising braking performance.