Valencia gets a lick of paint and turn names

The promoters of the European Grand Prix at Valencia have reacted to criticism of the track’s appearance by painting parts of it green.

They hope this will make it easier for television viewers to distinguish between the 25 corners on the 5.4km track.

According to promoter Valmor Sports:

Valencia Street Circuit this year has a new colour in its design, this colour is green to simulate the grass and to give more colour to the path. This green colour will be more attraction [sic] to the television cameras that follow the Formula 1.

Two of the corners on the track have now been given names. Turn eight (the right-hander before the bridge) is now called Curva Marca Leyenda and turn 25 (the left-hander which brings cars back onto the start/finish straight (has been named Curva Boluda).

The track certainly needs something to make it appear more distinctive on television. This may help but from reading the comments on this earlier article I suspect most people would prefer the circuit received more drastic treatment.

The organisers have also laid a 2m-wide strip of artificial grass at the exit of turn 20 to discourage drivers from using the run-off there as an extension of the circuit. And exit kerbs at turn five, ten and 14 have been replaced by a 25mm high ‘slant’.

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55 comments on Valencia gets a lick of paint and turn names

  1. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 23rd June 2010, 11:32

    It just gives the drivers an excuse: “The track is green, you can’t overtake or go off line anywhere”.

    Only 23 more corners left to name – everyone in F1 will still refer to them by number though, which is lousy communication with the public – it’s like the Race Control announcements – “drive through for car 12″ – why not use the driver’s name?

  2. Zazeems said on 23rd June 2010, 11:34

    Move the barriers closer and grow some real grass.

    If they really want to push the boat out put some gravel traps in.

    More challenging circuit = better racing

    It seems they fail to realise this fact.

  3. Steph90 (@steph90) said on 23rd June 2010, 12:12

    I’m actually going to say good on Valencia. I hate how sterile some tracks are with turns 1,2 3 etc. It even seems to make Turkey’s turn 8 sound dull. Valencia is at least trying to give it some soul

    It’s a little thing and yes, the corners should actually be changed to improve the racing but they’ve seen a problem/issue and they’re addressing it. Rome wasn’t built in a day :P

  4. Josh said on 23rd June 2010, 13:07

    I’ve never liked Valencia, and for the past 2 years, all I’ve been thinking is “You know what, this race would be so much better if they painted some of it green, and I really want 2 of the corners to have names…” It’s going to be a brilliant race this year, now that it’s green!

    • John H said on 24th June 2010, 12:58

      I share your enthusiasm. Hopefully it will create the same kind of effect as the ‘green stripe on the tyre’ move. That gave F1 a massive boost in my humble opinion.

  5. DGR-F1 said on 23rd June 2010, 13:26

    They could always paint white traffic-lines on the circuit in random places to give a bit more authenticity as a ‘street’ venue.
    I have the impression that most of it is left alone by the daily Valencia traffic. Does anybody have any proof that those really are ‘streets’ when its not pretending to be a ‘cicuit’? :-)

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd June 2010, 13:30

      Looking at the aerial photographs I don’t think they’re real streets and according to the media kit (emphasis added):

      the asphalt is formed by layers of modifed tarmac with great resistance to horizontal stress, typical of competition track surfaces. It also has the usual systems of drainage and, unlke the rest of the streets in the city, it does not have any sewers.

  6. Boris said on 23rd June 2010, 14:10

    Are you sure it’s called Curva Boluda?, Boluda is an insult in Argentina and I think in all Latin America.
    But it’s a good description of the circuit as a whole. ( It can be used to say it’s extremely easy or simple )

    • qazuhb said on 23rd June 2010, 15:56

      Boris, you just beat me to that!

    • BasCB said on 23rd June 2010, 21:39

      Wow, that would be really a great stunt!

      Have the promotor call it an “idiots corner” for the “simplemind circuit”!

      Great spot, let’t take that for COTD.

  7. qazuhb said on 23rd June 2010, 15:54

    Promoters should have taking into account the meaning of boludo, boluda for the South American audience…

  8. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 23rd June 2010, 17:38

    If they really want to discourage people running wide at turn 20 instead artificial grass I think they’d find an armco barrier would be far more effective

  9. HounslowBusGarage said on 23rd June 2010, 20:02

    I think you have all misunderstood.
    They’re going to paint bits of the *track* green! Nice, slippery, Dulux, pea-green Gloss. Great fun in the wet
    Anything to add excitement, eh?

  10. Dave Blanc said on 24th June 2010, 6:35

    They’re going to need more than a lick of paint to make this circuit produce an interesting race! What will they do next – a jump and a water hazard???!! :-)

  11. Boluda is the name of an enterpreneur (Vicente Boluda) in Spain. Hence the name of the corner.

    And actually, Keith, I would hate to be an a*s, but last year that corner already had that name. Not sure about Turn 8, but 25 was definitely “Boluda”, last year.


  12. Calum said on 26th June 2010, 15:36

    Does ” [sic] ” just get used in articles to notify poor grammer or wording of sentences from quotes?

    Anyway, I somehow don’t think paint is going to do anything, maybe oil would though like last year when Vettels engine blew :D

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