Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, has hosted both McLaren and Williams this week as teams prepare for the 2021 season of the F20.
The former Northamptonshire Circuit, a former airfield, hosted both the British Grand Prix in 2020 and the One-Off 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.
The Silverstone race, known in its early days as the “Mutton Grand Prix”, was a reference to the inaugural incarnation of the race when sheep invaded the track. Although the track layout has changed over the years, it has always been known for its sharp, wide curves.
Silverstone is fully located for Shakedown
Silverstone is an ideal location for shakedowns for UK-based teams, which are within a 90-minute drive of the track. The closest is Aston Martin, formerly Racing Point, whose factory is located in an industrial park bordering the venue.
Both teams are ready for the 2021 challenge. Williams is in the process of rebuilding after several difficult seasons with poor results, but is now under new ownership. Meanwhile, McLaren has moved away from the Renault engine to the Mercedes power unit and has lofty objectives with new recruiter Daniel Ricciardo at the wheel for the next few years.
Williams and McLaren will both be desperate to perform in 2021, especially in front of a home crowd at Silverstone, or risk losing the services of former Formula 2 rivals George Russell and Lando Norris.
Russell is considered a natural replacement for Lewis Hamilton when he retires from Formula 1 and Lando Norris has often garnered much attention for his last-lap overtaking efforts.
While Williams is yet to unveil his 2021 Challenger, McLaren has already launched his new car and released video footage where you can get a first glimpse of this season’s machinery on the track:
Published 18 February 2021 01:20 AM