It’s a little cruder than I’d like, but I always did like the first section at Indy. I gave it a little more flow by erasing some of the sharper bends. For the second half, I imagine the hairpin is like the bottom corner at Tsukuba, going gently left before and almighty swing to the right. It then runs parallel to the oval, before rejoining with a high speed chicane like the one in Melbourne. And then it branches off before the final bend and uses the last section of the old road course in a Tamburello-style turn.
Only a few changes here. First of all, I extended the back straight out 200m to go around the outside of the War Memorial rather than tuck down inside it. Then I skipped the fiddly and unpopular chicane by destroying a city park (you have to make sacrifices). Finally, I ironed out the last section, removing all the pointless chicanes. I also reprofiled Piquet’s Corner; I love the idea of a long sweeping bend that harshly cuts back in the opposite direction right at the point of the exit.
Another crude one, largely because the circuit is not on the road map or the satellite image, so I had to go from memory to for an approximation. The two main points are that the chicane in the first sector is gone, so that the cars go flat out from the final bend to the bridge, and the triple switchback where Webber and Kovalainen came together last year is now a single hairpin bend. The rest is pretty much intact, because the final section is pretty good – as Martin brundle said last year, turns eighteen, nineteen and twenty are proper corners.
Oh, Spain, Spain, Spain … what have you done? You have two of the blandest circuits on the calendar. Never mind, I’ve made both of them better. I’d do the same for Alonso, but, well … I really don’t want to. Here, Catalunya becomes a figure-of-eight circuit that uses most of the original circuit (albeit run backwards) and a new final turn that restores the original sweeper, but makes it longer and tighter to be hell on drivers who can’t handle understeer.
Another dramatic reprofiling. I used the surrounding public roads to make the circuit much faster, whilst keeping some of the better corners intact. It’s also considerably longer; the calendar needs more circuits that are closer to Spa in length than the standard 5.5km (though I’m quite happy that Buddh International will be one of the fastest laps on the calendar). There’s also plenty of elevation changes to be had at the new Hungaroring.
Again with the drama. In order for this to work, the circuit is run “backwards”. The cars line up on the grid facing the opposite direction to what they do today. They then go around and take the bottom half of the circuit in the same direction as they do today, then going through a flyover after the hotel and under the grandstand for the long back straight, and take the top half of the circuit in the opposite direction to what they currently do. I reprofiled the bottom half of the circuit so that it’s now a series of tightening and opening bends rather than the sterile angles we currently have. And the top half of the circuit now uses the hillclimb. it looks a little awkward on the diagram, but it’s actually a very steep drop (now a climb on this circuit) in real life; almost as steep as Eau Rouge.