Debate: More street tracks good for F1?

Proposed Valencia F1 street circuit mapNext year’s F1 calendar will include three street circuits – the most since the 1991 calendar took in Monte-Carlo, Adelaide and Pheonix.

Are you glad to see F1 bringing the show right into the hearts of major cities?

Or are street tracks slow and potentially unsafe gimmicks that belong in Champ Car and the Indy Racing League – but not Formula 1?

For years Monte-Carlo has been the only true street track on the F1 calendar.

Next year’s two new F1 venues will be street circuits and Valencia and Singapore. A street circuit in Korea has been mooted for 2010.

Monte-Carlo is famed for being glamorous but processional. There are always safety concerns about the close proximities of barriers on street tracks – and Singapore plans to hold its race under floodlighting at night!

Are you glad to see the return of more street circuits to the F1 calendar?

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18 comments on Debate: More street tracks good for F1?

  1. Misunderstandings can happen.

    Not to carry ChampCar’s banner a little too much, but when I drive home on a narrow two-lane road with no shoulder, trees lurching over the road and cars everywhere from the five o’clock rush, I relate to ChampCar.

    Despite where I live, there are no places where I can speed up and down hills conveniently in the way most F1 circuits are designed, and there is no place where I can legally make 500 consecutive left turns.

    I appreciate the apparent inclusion of bridges in the new circuit designs, and wonder what the wind currents on those bridges will do to the F1 cars! Is this a tip of the hat to all those Japanese racing video games that seem to need to include a suspension bridge in the circuit layout somewhere?

    Will the racing be processionary? Probably.

  2. Number 38 said on 18th August 2007, 21:30

    Does anyone really believe there will be PASSING on a street circuit? Some of you have brought out the details…….it is a “PR stunt”; pitstop passes will be the norm; attrition, both through crashes and broken cars will determine the lesser places; but the race will be won on Saturday when we see who wins the pole.
    A parade is a parade whether it be on a public street or a racing circuit, my concern is ……. SINGAPORE?????

  3. The problem with a street circuit is that much of it is a concrete barricaded tunnel. This is fine until someone comes to grief. They hit a barrier and bounce right back in amongst other competitors that get all mixed up in the carnage and get taken out of the race for something that is nothing to do with their personal performance.
    The same situation on a dedicated track almost always sees the mistake cause the particular driver slide off into a sand trap and no one else is effected.
    This makes for a much more fair result and more cars finishing or at least continuing to compete.
    Additionally less barriers make it safer for the drivers. They are not so restricted in being able to see the track on corners. Such as the incident in A1 GP yesterday when Canada spun, couldn’t see through the barricade, tried to spin heir car back the right direction and the English car T Boned Canada as the direction correction was conducted. Had the barrier not been there on a normal track this would never have occurred.
    From a spectators perspective dedicated tracks make for much better viewing than street circuits.

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  • milos
    on 18th August 2007, 7:44