Upgrades to the Silverstone circuit are nearing completion, according to organisers of the British Grand Prix
The Northamptonshire track has benefitted from a multi-million pound investment which involves a new track layout for this year's race and improvements to spectator facilities. The new 'Arena' layout will play host to Formula One, Moto GP and World Superbikes this year.
Talking to Autosport, Silverstone's managing director Richard Phillips said, "Work on the circuit and venue is on schedule. The team has been working around the clock, through some pretty terrible weather conditions, to make sure the circuit is ready on time."
"The track works at Brooklands and Woodcote are now complete, including the new run-off area for the fast entry into Pits Straight, while the major new development - the new section of circuit from Abbey, up to the Arena Complex and round to the National Straight – is also coming along nicely."
The new circuit aims to boost overtaking opportunities and introduces a series of bends after Abbey corner before rejoining the main track at Brooklands. The second phase of improvements to the circuit will see it get a new pit and paddock complex by summer 2011.
F1 2010 season begins
Silverstone track upgrades nearing completion
Mercedes GP Ross Brawn with his drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher during a photocall at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain
Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher of Mercedes GP.
Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany drives his car during a testing session at the Jerez race track in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
Great Britain's Jenson Button poses for a photograph with the new McLaren MP4-25 during the Formula One Testing Session at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain.
McLaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton during the launch of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-25 F1 Car at the McLaren Mercedes team headquarters, Newbury.
McLaren Mercedes Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives his car during a testing session at the Ricardo Tormo race track in Cheste.
Lewis Hamilton of McLaren shown in action at 'Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana' racetrack in Valencia, Spain.
Williams' Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil waves during a test session at the at the racetrack of Montmelo, near Barcelona.
Williams' Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello of Brazil steers his car during a test session at the at the racetrack of Montmelo.
Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo hugs drivers Felipe Massa, of Brazil and Fernando Alonso of Spain, during the unveiling of the new Formula One car, in Maranello, Italy. Ferrari launched its car for the upcoming Formula One season, naming it the F10 in hope of a return to the team's winning tradition. For years Ferrari named its cars with an "F" for Ferrari followed by the year, but last year's uncompetitive car was called the F60 to honor Ferrari's 60th year in F1.
Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso walks in the paddock during a test session at the at the racetrack of Montmelo.
Fernando Alonso tests the new Ferrari during the Formula One Testing Session at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain.
Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil steers his car during a test session at the at the racetrack of Montmelo.
Lotus drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli during the 2010 Lotus Formula One Car Launch at the Royal Horticultural Hall, London.
Fairuz Fauzy, Lotus F1 Team test driver on a test-drive at Jerez, Spain.
Richard Branson poses with two Virgin Racing drivers Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi during the launch of the Virgin Racing Team in Notting Hill, London.
Lucas di Grassi of Virgin Racing in VR-01. Virgin Racing is a new team for a new era of Formula 1.
Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a testing session at the Jerez race track in Jerez de la Frontera.
Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi during the Formula One Testing Session at Jerez, Spain.
Renault's Robert Kubica during the Formula One Testing Session at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo.