F1 » Todt: New circuits must promote overtaking as well as safety

FIA President Jean Todt has warned that any new circuit wishing to join the F1 calendar must be designed with safety and overtaking in-mind - to avoid any more repeats of what happened in Abu Dhabi last weekend

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bigphilps - Unregistered

November 22, 2010 12:10 PM

Here's a top tip for the FIA
DONT let Herman Tilke near the plans for a new curcuit. the man is resposible for ruining every new venue that F1 travels to. The only exception being Istanbul.


November 22, 2010 12:24 PM

whether or not we like the circuits, in reality it is not the circuit layout that prevents overtaking, but the design of the cars and their evenesss in overall performance. even where there is a difference in speed, the following car is too affected by the waste aero of the car in front, to be able to have a chance of overtaking, although koba showed that given a little ambition, it IS possible to make a move. with all the new aero, including adjustible wings, i reckon that next year might be just as bad.

lesser formulae, running on tilke tracks, can have exciting races, with overtaking. so a fundamental rethink of rules seems to be a neccessity.

sixtenths - Unregistered

November 22, 2010 12:28 PM

Why not let that group who did such a god job with Silverstone look over the circuits, there is not a single F1 fan out there who does not want to lynch Tilke right now.... One "good" corner, in Istanbul and a pile of circuits that I would pay money to never see again.

Maybe we should start a whip round, Bernie is only interested in cash.

Jonno - Unregistered

November 22, 2010 1:13 PM

Well at least it's being talked about! In reality as others have said it's cars as well as circuits that makes the difference. Tilke obviously has tried to incorporate good overtaking chances but it hasn't always worked. People seem to have forgotten Speang which I believe was Tilke and a good track no doubt.

Another common factor of most great F1 tracks is Hills. Spa is the best and probably has the mnost gradient changes. Don't let any mor countries build tracks on flat land!


November 22, 2010 2:09 PM

rob. replace them with barbed wire fences?? great idea, that will focus the mind!

but what would you replace tarmac with? if you use gravel traps, we would have sc periods which would ruin the races, (or what passes as a race these days)

John - Unregistered

November 22, 2010 2:31 PM

The cars are designed so another car cannot follow closely, Make them use control wings, fact is gp2 is often the best race of the weekend.

Truly great tracks always promote good racing, spa of course, then instead of going to this Texas Tike drome, why not go to road america, that's a real race track.

Portimao, is a recent track that shows, how it can be done, even though it was built on flat land, they engineered in the hills and dips.

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