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Why Silverstone remains an enduring F1 drivers’ favourite  

Silverstone hosted the first-ever world championship grand prix – and, unlike many other ‘classic’ tracks, it’s adapted with the times – even, dare we say it, improved with age. What sets it apart from other venues? JAMES ROBERTS and OLEG KARPOV asked drivers past and present to explain…

“I got my racing licence when I went from seven to eight years old, at Silverstone. They had a little kart track set up, with a guy who reviewed your driving to see if you were safe, and I took a written test: what’s a yellow flag, what’s a green flag, right foot throttle, left foot braking, and so on. And then they gave you your racing licence. That’s my very first memory of the place and I remember it clearly, like it was yesterday. I still remember the one question I got wrong, which was “When is scrutineering?”

“Before that, I went to watch my first Formula 1 race. This was the early 2000s, the generation of Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya. There was a competition at the track – you had to name the top three finishers. And I was a huge Schumacher fan so, not really knowing what was going on, I put my three favourite drivers in the list: Schumacher first, Barrichello second and Montoya third. Then on the back in case people were tied, there was a tiebreaker, something like closest fastest lap time – my dad filled that in for me because I had no clue.

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