Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still sending out positive signals about its desire to hold a 2009 United States Grand Prix.
The circuit owners have made a point of stating that the Moto GP race held for the first time this year is not a replacement for F1 (it’s behind held in September, not June), and that the revised track (above) is suitable for F1 cars.
The new track is similar to what was predicted here just over a year ago.
The direction has been reversed (and so is now anti-clockwise, as the oval is when it is used), the banked corner replaced with a new section which also requires a change to the pit exit, and the horrible double hairpin replaced with a revised bend (see ‘ten worst chicanes’ for more on that…)
I hope F1 does come back to America in 2009 but although I’m glad to see the double hairpin go I’m not sure about the new first corner. I liked that the old configuration used at least one bend of the mighty speedway and the long flat-out section made for good overtaking opportunities into the original first turn.
But if this what it takes to get a United States Grand Prix back then so be it. Here’s hoping they find a sponsor.
More debate: Where should the United States Grand prix be held?
Thanks to Scott Newton for the tip.