W Series is preparing to go back on the track for its fourth race of the season. This time the drivers will have to deal with the historic circuit of Silverstone to try and conquer important points for the Championship. Giving his advice ahead of the race is W Series Advisory Board Chairman and former F1 driver David Coulthard, who won twice in front of the home crowd at the pinnacle of motorsport.
Everything is ready for a weekend to remember in Silverstone. Jamie Chadwick, who has won all three races of the season so far, will certainly want to continue on this victorious path in front of the home crowd. At the same time, rivals Abbi Pulling and Alice Powell will also be able to count on the home advantage to try and close the gap to the 2-times W Series Champion.
Coulthard: “Be fast”
In order to do so, 2-times Silverstone winner and W Series Chairman David Coulthard explained to FormulaNerds what advice he would give to the drivers: “In actual facts, the drivers are a lot more current in driving than I am because it’s been 13 years since I went round in circles, so I think I can offer them little advice. The reality, of course, is that current racers have their own driving styles and vision for how to attack the racetrack.
I think the key thing is that Silverstone has a fairly unique place on the calendar in there is such a high-speed circuit. The W series car will be for the large part, absolutely flat out so it becomes an exercise in finger-tipping your way around the racetrack, not scrubbing any speeds. All the cars are, as best as engineering can allow, equal.
Then you have this sort of two areas on the racetrack where you have a break from the high speed down into club corner and then obviously down into the complex in front of the suite where it is actually quite challenging to go from such high-speed sweeping corners where you’re finger tipping the car all the way through to suddenly then having brakes switched on and generally remembering the fact that as a car loses speed, it loses downforce and not locking up in those corners.
I guess there’s no sort of sounder advice other than “be fast”. “
Silverstone: an “elegant crowd”
With the British nationality being the most represented on the W Series grid, many drivers will have home advantage in Silverstone. Something that, as Coulthard, remembers can be crucial:
“The crowd support definitely makes a difference. I even noticedthatduring the COVID period, when we didn’t haveany fans in the grandstands, youratmospheregoesaway. I remember hearing the crowdcheering over the noise of the cars when I overtook Jean Alesi in a Ferrari to take the lead of the race. Thatreallykind of took me by surprise:I’veneverheard the noise of the crowdabove an enginebeforebut Iguesstheywereassurprisedas I wasthatI’vetaken the lead. “
The former Red Bull driver then went on to add: “The British drivers willfeel the support unquestionably, but I think the British fans havealwaysbeenincredibly fair and spreading the love and unlikeothersports, you can cohabitveryhappilyin agrandstand. Somebodywearing a Ferrari hat, somebodywearinga McLaren hat,oryou know, whoevertheirfavourite driver in W is.
It’s an elegantcrowd,even in Montreal on Saturday therewas a lot of merchandise selling because of the badweather and therewere families that I was meeting every single one of themhad a differenthat on, independent of whotheirfavourite driver and team. So, I don’tthinkit’squite the sameas in football whereifyou don’t support the team thatyou’regreat-grandfather or grandmotherdidthenyou know you areseenas a family outcast. “
Bond Muir: “A spectacular race”
As rightfully reminded by W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir, Silverstone has all the qualities to be a one-of-a-kind experience for the Championship: “Obviously,whatwe do haveis six British drivers for W Series thisyear so I’mwonderingwhether W Serieswilleverhavethatnumber of drivers from one country again, so, from our point of view, Silverstone will be hopefully a spectacular race for us. Weobviouslywant the crowds to come out and support the British drivers. “
As the moment of lights out gets closer, fans will be able to watch the fourth race of the 2022 W Series season live from Silverstone on Sky Sports and Channel 4 on Saturday 2 July and cheer for their favourite drivers from home equally as from the track in a weekend that promises to be full of exciting racing.
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