As reported here some time ago, Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire has undergone significant modifications in the latter stages of the lap to accommodate the upcoming MotoGP race, which Silverstone is hosting for the first time this year.
Now work at the track has been completed and the new section – called the Arena – was been officially unveiled on Thursday afternoon and with Donington now not holding the Grand Prix, the updated Silverstone will also host Formula 1 for at least the next ten years.
While it is disappointing to have lost the wonderful Bridge corner, the slow and lumbering Priory and Luffield sections have been ejected and will most likely not be missed. Where previously the circuit turned left at Abbey, it now swings to the right before launching into a couple a fast sweeping turns, followed by a long back straight. Thereafter, the new section latches onto the exit of Luffield and into the double-apex at Woodcote.