Back at home - Q&A with Nick Chester

The team left the hills of Austria empty-handed but head to its second ‘home race’ of the season at Silverstone in determined mood to make an instant response, as Chassis Technical Director Nick Chester outlines.

What’s needed to go well at Silverstone?
We don’t expect too many surprises for Silverstone other than learning about the new tarmac. You need good front end grip to deal with the high-speed corners and you can’t run too much downforce as there are some long straights. Setting up for Silverstone is always a challenge. Drivers do enjoy racing there as it is a varied circuit. The first sector is a mix of a high-speed run through Turns 1, 2 and 3 followed by a couple of slow hairpins and then the Wellington Straight. From there it’s more or less flat-out, especially the run through Maggotts, Becketts and Chapel, which is particularly quick nowadays.

What do we know about the new surface at Silverstone?
Silverstone is an interesting circuit with its layout and make-up evolving over the last couple of years. Recently, it’s been resurfaced. We can’t be totally sure on what it’s going to be like until we go on track in FP1 on Friday. Knowing how smooth it is will influence how we set-up the car. In theory, it should be smoother and we’ll see how it settles down as the weekend goes on. It should improve session by session and it will make a massive difference to how the tyres operate.

What’s the feeling racing on home soil?
It’s always nice racing at home. The Viry staff certainly enjoyed the French Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago and now it’s Enstone’s turn for its home race. We always try for a good result wherever we race, but it’s extra nice when you do well in either France or Britain.