Silverstone is a great challenge for a Formula 1 driver. From when you leave Luffield, the last corner, and until you arrive at Stowe you're never below 200km/h. It's a very high-speed opening to the lap, and it really sets your pulse racing.
I think we have a very high chance of seeing a British winner once again this weekend, with the current and former world champions in Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton at McLaren. The only thing that stands between them is the form of Red Bull and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari - I can only see those five drivers with a realistic chance of victory.
New track, new challenge
Silverstone has changed a few times since I first raced there, and the latest offering is designed to give a different challenge and more overtaking opportunities. Removing Bridge corner, and the Abbey chicane, has created a very fast, flowing section.
Overall, we hope it will create even more exciting racing. It's very bumpy in places, which will make it tricky for the guys to keep their throttle open at the apexes, so that could produce some overtaking in the following slow hairpins.
It seems that the approach of modern track designers is to create overtaking by creating the potential for mistakes; personally, I don't agree with that. I think to provoke overtaking you need to create corners that encourage drivers to 'have a go' - and give them enough room on the exit of the corner so they're not penalised for that. So you can still have cars running wheel-to-wheel on exits.
Who will it suit?
Potentially, Silverstone should be a Red Bull track, but as we saw in Canada and Valencia, things have moved on. McLaren continues to develop apace in the right direction, Ferrari had a major upgrade at the last race - okay, it didn't get the boost it was expecting, but don't forget it struggled in Turkey and then Fernando almost won in Canada.
It's an evolving picture at the moment; the expectation was that Red Bull would struggle at Valencia, and it went and won! We'll have to wait and see until qualifying on Saturday to get a true picture of who this revised track suits best.
Then there's the variable of the weather - the circuit is particularly prone to being affected by windy conditions - which can make it as difficult and unpredictable as any British GP we've seen down the ages. And we've witnessed plenty of those...
Will Webber bounce back?
Mark Webber has entered a very exclusive club of those drivers who have flipped top-level racing cars more than once. That's his third time now, twice in a Mercedes at Le Mans and once at Valencia in a Red Bull, and I don't suppose he wants to add any more to that.
When you crash a car, and you're not hurt, you just want to get back in and get on with it. I think it was more shocking for us watching it - my adrenaline was certainly pumping as he flew through the air.
As an outsider you feel somewhat helpless, and your imagination can tell you what the outcome of a crash like that can be. It could have been a fatal crash, and none of us wants to see that. I was shocked by how calm he was afterwards, and it shows the mettle of the guys behind the wheel.
I think he'll go and deliver as usual at Silverstone. The only time he'll feel shaky is racing wheel-to-wheel with another car, but that's inevitable.
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