A Tilke track that goes up and down as well as left and right...
We took a look at Motorland Aragon – Hermann Tilke’s latest F1-ready track – earlier this year. Now the track is open for business and F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari is racing there this weekend in the World Series by Renault.
Tilke’s tracks are often criticised for being featureless and flat but his latest effort has a lot of gradient and the closest you can get to Laguna Seca’s famous ‘corkscrew’ within F1’s strict regulations.
Here’s how Pedro de la Rosa described it earlier this year:
Turns eight and nine ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it?óÔé¼Ôäós like the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca, it?óÔé¼Ôäós quite steep. We had to work on making it less steep than the plans originally said it would be. Pedro de la Rosa
It’s no Spa or Suzuka – this is very much a Tilke track. But I think it’s one of his better efforts, up there with Istanbul and Sepang.
As a venue for a F1 race in Spain it certainly looks better than the unloved Circuito Urbano Valencia. But with two races already taking place in Spain the only time we’re likely to see F1 cars on it is during testing.
Take a look at some picture of the track from this weekend’s World Series by Renault race and share your thoughts on the track.