Great footage of the early Suzuka there. I can only imagine how that section was from Spoon, through 130R and onto the S/F straight. 130R, and now Eau Rouge, have been ‘neutered’ somewhat, with good reason at the time (lack of run-off or huge crash risk), but now that the cars are so strong I feel that we could have kept them as is and used extensive SAFER barriers and as much run-off as could be gotten. Eau Rouge even seemed safe in ’99 when both BAR’s were written off trying to take it flat!
I am confused by the Barcelona changes to increase overtaking… if they don’t help overtaking then lets have that epic last section back. It’s wishy-washy, but the last bit does add some variety to the track as well (which showed in Mercedes being strong there last year, but slower in the faster sections).
Thank god someone saw sense and abolished the Singapore Sling. For all it’s corner variety boost, and occasional overtake or driver error, I would rather see cars taking a fast corner there, with a SAFER barrier on the outside.