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Flat out in our own backyard

MOTORSPORT IMAGES

IT’S EASY TO GET COMPLACENT ABOUT the British Grand Prix as just being another fixture for the travelling Formula 1 circus. But Silverstone represents so much more than that when you recount the facts.

For instance, were you aware that the former airfield in Northamptonshire is the third-fastest circuit to host grand prix racing all year? Only the straight-dominated Monza and the legendary Spa-Francorchamps tracks outstrip the average lap speed of Silverstone’s Grand Prix loop.

Lewis Hamilton set the current race lap record in 2017, with a 1min 30.621sec effort. That’s an average speed of 145.4mph across the 3.66-mile lap. Take the cars in qualifying trim and you can lower that to 1min 25.892sec – also Hamilton, from last year. That’s an average of 153.4mph. In other words, an average lap speed faster than most road cars can hope to attain in a straight line.

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