Well actually what an honour for Spa to have the best and probably for some the worst corner in F1 :)
Personally I really hate turn 1 in Korea with that idiot pit exit but I really have absolutely no love for that chicane in Barcelona. Without that you really have a fast track. This thing really ruins an otherwise exciting track. It has pushed F1 fans to actually wanting to get rid of the entire track of the calendar.
in 1994 Ayrton and Ronald died, so I think the overreaction was quite a natural response.
But returning to the topic…
- I don’t like the final turn in Malaysia.
- The horrible turn after the long straight in China
- All the 90 degree turns in Abu Dhabi and Singapore (I dislike the Singapore circuit so much)
I think most of us agree that slow chicanes are awful. Because it’s difficult for F1 cars to manouver through it, but most of all because it prevents overtaking.
Agree with the Barcelona chicane. What adds to the misery is that it is created to increase overtaking on the straight (besides safety reasons). But it turned out that it made overtaking even worse. Because the chicane is so slow, the car in front just accelerates away from you.
Same goes for the chicane and consecutive hairpin in the first sector of Abu Dhabi: way too slow, which makes overtaking on the straight too difficult.
I’d go for Barcelona because it used to be a great corner. There was so much commitment required, and now they’ve ruined it.
I don’t know who decided that slow chicanes aid overtaking. Previously, the faster driver could carry more speed into the final corner, and be much faster down the straight. Now, they are all accelerating (and with engines being roughly equal), everyone goes the same speed. Plus, you can’t get on the throttle before the guy in front in a narrow chicane, because you’ll run into the back of him.