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Formula Silverstone

Formula Silverstone Driving Experience

I’ve had the single-seater bug for a while now. With a fiancée that works in the F1 industry, avidly watching the Grand Prix has become our much-loved biweekly ritual. As much as I enjoy the races, the envy I feel towards the drivers grows with each session. This must’ve been noticed by my fiancée, who booked the experience for me.

Although Formula Silverstone cars definitely are not Formula 1 cars, they do provide a chance for drivers of all abilities to get behind the wheel of something that is far more visceral than anything road-legal.

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I signed up to an early session to maximise my chances of a quiet track; I didn’t want to get caught up in traffic. Thankfully, this paid off. Five other drivers on track was the perfect number to encourage competition without getting slowed-down entirely. Everyone in my session was respectful and swiftly obeyed the blue flags.

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The drivers’ briefing was comprehensive but didn’t drag-on. Some participation was encouraged, and at the risk of looking like teacher’s pet, I found myself piping-up to combat the awkward silences.

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The cars are unforgiving. The clutch is essentially a very heavy on/off switch. To set off, we were encouraged to apply a significant amount of revs before dumping the clutch. This felt completely counter-intuitive, but was essential to combat stalling.

Once moving, the cars come alive. No assisted steering or brakes creates a sensation of being directly attached to the vehicle. The H-pattern 4 speed gearbox was clunky and mechanical. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Despite the small capacity engines, the cars felt great on the small, technical circuit.

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The most succinct way for me to describe the Formula Silverstone Single Seater Experience is go-karting on steroids. All of the thrills and spills of go-karting are here, but the stakes are much higher. I was initially sceptical, as I am with all experience days, whether it would deliver a true experience, but it ended up surpassing my expectations.

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Maximum enjoyment does rely on respectful drivers, suitable weather and a track that isn’t too busy. As such, anyone interested in Formula Silverstone should book with these in mind.

Although we couldn’t compare our performance to historical lap times due to a layout change, I was satisfied leaving as the fastest driver on the day. Formula Silverstone delivered on my expectations; I’d recommend it to any automotive fan.

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