PM I think is pretty well spot on with Abu Dhabi. Personally I’d like to see a few more aero dependent corners put in there to even out the number of slower corners but I realise that it really isn’t possible without bowling the whole lot over and starting again.
@f1alex why would you change Istanbul? Itís one of the better tracks on the calendar with a good combination of fast and slow corners mixed in with long straights, with these features spread evenly through the track.
Look all at all the ‘good’ tracks. They mostly have fast corner, straight, slow corner, straight, fast corner, slow corner. This evens out car performance so that cars with different strengths can’t gain a massive advantage, with it being harder to gain a large lead. Look at Sepang, Turkey, Spa, Monza, and Brazil. They all follow this formula, with straights, fast corners and slow corners being spread evenly around the circuit.
Now look at a ‘bad’ circuit; China, Spain, Suzuka. These tracks mostly have their fast corners all grouped together and their slow corners grouped together. This means that while the lap times may be similar Car A gains an advantage in the fast corners and loses it on the straights, while Car B gains an advantage on the straights and loses it in the fast corners. But because these two features are spread out each car uses its ‘strong’ area closing in on the other car but then by the time itís done this itís out of its ‘strong’ area and loses the ground itís gained.
Look at Turkey last year. The Red Bulls were strongest through the fast corners (Admittedly Turn 8 payed a major part in this), while McLaren were better on the straights. As these features are reasonably spread out, one car doesnít gain a massive advantage on one part of the track so the cars stay relatively close.
I know this is going majorly off topic but this has been on my mind for a while so I thought I’d put my idea out there.
Hope you can make sense of it because itís a bit all over the place..
(When I say ‘good’ and ‘bad’ tracks I’m not talking about the quality of the track but the quality of the races they generally produce)