One Mistake and You’ve Created a F1 Traffic Jam

I’m always amazed that we hardly ever see a mass pile-up during a street race. They say that you make one mistake at Monaco, and your team ain’t gonna be happy with the repair bill, mainly as Nico Rosberg and Nelson Piquet proved last year.

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But what really defines a good, spectacular street circuit? Perhaps not having it next to a set of shipyard docks which are as stunning as looking at a wrecked, mossed 15th century building. Lets all look annoyed at Valencia. The venue should be unique, spectacular. Monaco is famous for the glitz and glamour, the Med sparkling in the distance and the marina filled with rich and expensive yachts and motorboats. Singapore, whilst it may not be as marvellous, it sure as hell has light bulbs. I don’t think that a regular circuit, such as Silverstone or Monza, will be as good as Singapore is in the night.

And you’ve got to feel your on a street circuit. Not have massive run offs. Again, we find ourselves staring angrily at Valencia.

valenciarunoff Chasms of run-off for the Honda. But its on the track

Walls should feel close, intimidating on the driver. Tempting the driver to come closer, closer. Practically touching the wall, and if they get any closer, they are going to have three wheels left on the car. A good example is the infamous Wall of Champions at Montreal. Where the likes of Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill and Vitantonio Liuzzi have all gone that little bit too close.

They should always be a challenge, giving the driver something to think about for every corner, every lap. Yes, I think we know which track doesn’t meet those demands.

Generally, street circuits should be based on roads that everyday people drive in their everyday cars. Singapore circuit was based only for the racing. Monaco, Melbourne, Montreal are all used for everyday useage. Maybe not so much Melbourne nowadays. They should feel special to win it, and how many times have you heard a driver say that Monaco is the best race to win. Lewis Hamilton loves it, Adrian Sutil loves it, I’m pretty sure every driver on the grid loves it. Why can’t every street track be like Monaco?

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This was inspired by Ollie from blogf1, the post which can be found here.


Posted on January 3, 2009, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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