Thursday Thoughts – Changing Venues
This weeks Thursday Thoughts comes from the Triple Racing Blog, and he has posed the following question:
What Track or Tracks not on the current F1 season calendar do you want added? Also, what current tracks need to go. And finally, if this isn’t enough, how many Grand Prix’s should F1 have?
The Asian Revolution is happening in Formula 1, every new race is coming from Asia and it is fairly worrying. These new races tend to be dull, with unimaginative circuits and a lack of atmosphere. The so called ‘classics’ are becoming less and less. Is it worrying times?
The main person to blame is seemingly always the designer of these new tracks, Hermann Tilke. He has been involved in every circuit’s design or renovation since 1999. The majority of his circuits are awful in terms of quality, the traditional long straight and tight corner had yet to show any results.
Of the circuits he has designed, I would get rid of a lot of them. Not all of them, you do need some sort of presence in Asia, a growing market for Formula 1. It is logical for the sport to have races in Asia, the only problem is these races produce no quality whatsoever. The Tilke tracks I’d drop from my ideal calendar then:
- Shanghai, China
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Valencia, Spain
- Yeongam, South Korea
- Abu Dhabi, UAE
You may be thinking why I am dropping the South Korea circuit since we have had no races there. There is no need for a race in South Korea, past attempts by Tilke would show the race will be boring and I already have severe doubts the track will be finished in time.
Whilst I’m at it, I feel like throwing out some other circuits I just simply don’t want in F1:
- Catalunya, Spain
- Hockenheim, Germany
In all fairness, I do not like the possible option of the alternate races between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring. In my eyes, the Nurburgring wins every time (and Hockenheim is where Timo Glock lost his rear suspension, bad memories). Catalunya is where all the testing takes place.
This leaves thirteen races (swapping Hockenheim for the Nurburgring for the German Grand Prix). I do like the idea of a long season, some don’t, but I do. You simply can’t get enough of Formula 1, especially if it is at good venues. A good total of races per season should be 19.
So where are we going to get these circuits from? With no US race, that seems the first logical move. A return to Indianapolis would seem the logical move. As well as a USGP, another race in the Americas would also help the continent itself. Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was a Formula 1 venue in Mexico from 1963-1992, with a break of a few years in the middle. With a few changes to safety and the layout, I figure it would be a half decent race circuit.
There are now currently no races in Spain, and with two time World Champion Fernando Alonso driving in a Ferrari, I suspect he would not allow that. Oddly, I am going to include a Hermann Tilke circuit, his recently designed Aragon circuit in Alcaniz. It looks quite good and is also the secondary home of USF1. Also across the border, a new race in Portugal is a most, with the beautiful looking Algarve circuit, also a nice place to go on a holiday. It has experience with F1 testing as well as hosting Le Mans Series races.
France has been without a race since 2008 since the Mangy-Cours circuit just simply ran out of money. It would be amazing if there was a race at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit.
That leaves one option left, and despite my objection to Asian circuits, I will allow a street circuit around Beijing, China. A race around the main area of the nation is certain to bring in spectators, which has been lacking from the Chinese Grand Prix.
19 races have been sorted, this is how my season would look like:
|21st March||Albert Park||Australia|
|25th April||Beijing Street Circuit **||China|
|9th May||Aragon *||Spain|
|27th June||Le Mans Bugatti *||France|
|25th July||Portimao *||Portugal|
|3rd October||Indianapolis *||USA|
|17th October||Hermanos Rodriguez||Mexico|
|31st October||Marina Bay||Singapore|
* – New proposed venue ** – Totally new venue
There are four back to back races (Bahrain-China, Hungary-Portugal, Canada-USA, Japan-Brazil) with two three week long breaks (France-Hungary, Portugal-Belgium). This will help with the breaks and not make everything have so much mayhem. The season starts a week later than the actual calendar and finishes a week later as well.