I was flicking through one of my old F1 mags the other day, and I saw the plans for the Hermann Tilke designed circuit in Cape Town that was set to host the South African GP. Obviously the circuit never materialiased, but looking at the track plans it looks like it had the potential to be one of the best new circuits in decades. Some of the corners- like the right hander at the end of the back straight, the fast left hander at Turn 7, the long left hander in the infield- look absolutely thrilling.
Of course, like all Tilkedromes it would have lacked character and history, and maybe it would’ve been pancake flat and therefore slightly boring. But it certainly looks like a potentially excellent circuit. Shame it seems to have been forgotten
I stitched together some roads in Moscow. It’s not actually intended to be in Moscow, but rather just be based on the shape of the roads.
The only major problem with it is that combined, the roads form a loop of about eleven kilometres. I’ve shortened it to just under seven so that it qualifies as a Formula 1 circuit, but I’m afraid it might compromise the speed and design.
You know, I’m sensing a guest article here: Top 10 … Circuits That Were Never Built (And Why Not). You’ve got this, Nagatino Island in Russia, the Cancun “Manta Ray”, the A1-Ring Westschelife, Donington Park, the original Grand Prix of the Soviet Union circuit, Flushing Meadows circa 1982, etc.