Under rule changes as capricious as the British weather, Formula One returned to its first-ever venue. Silverstone may be new in layout, but it is also very old, and you still need only three words to describe it: fast, fast, fast. Warning: spoilers.
Placing Silverstone right after Valencia on the calendar is the perfect contrast between tracks old and new. Valencia is a TV spectacle of the Mediterranean and Spanish women with a terrible layout and dreary racing, while Silverstone is nothing but gently undulating British countryside, driving rain, people in raincoats, and racing that’s like racing on drugs. It’s surreal how fast anything at Silverstone looks. The view from inside Mark Webber’s car as he weaved down Maggots, Becketts and Chapel corners in fifth, sixth and seventh gear on his way to pipping Sebastian Vettel to pole by 0.032 seconds? I had to make sure the broadcast wasn’t running at 2× speed.