According to Brembo technicians, the Silverstone Circuit falls into the category of those tracks that make little demand on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 2 on the difficulty index - lower than all the other tracks in the current Formula 1 World Championship schedule.
At 52° north latitude, the British track is the closest of any in the championship to the North Pole. This factor, together with the low energy at play, can cause the glazing of the friction material if it rains or if temperatures fall suddenly.
For the brakes, power isn't always a byword for effectiveness
The use of the most powerful Brembo Formula 1 braking systems doesn't always produce positive results, because in certain environmental conditions the system might be oversized for the single-seater: an unbridled braking force would make it hard to reach the minimum working temperature.
At excessively low operating temperatures, the carbon used to make the F1 discs and pads doesn't guarantee correct friction generation and risks becoming glazed, compromising braking performance. Furthermore, the mechanical action of the pads on cold discs can lead to higher wear.