F1 » Stewart: Tilke tracks to blame for lack of passing


Sir Jackie Stewart has called for a change in design theory to improve the F1 show for fans and drivers alike.

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Ron Park - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 2:09 PM

Totally agree with Jackie, the tracks are boring at times and need revamped. Penalising mistakes is a great idea, just a variation of thought here from what Jackie suggested, on the outside of corners make the surface more abrasive? Drivers running wide have their tyres degraded much quicker?

Dario - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 2:28 PM

@Ron

good idea. I was going to post about how F1 likes paved runoffs as they tend to be safer than gravel, so they probably wouldn't go back to a more slippery surface.

But a more abbrasive one might work. Another option would be an electronic speed limit using GPS, where you're limited to 40mph or something ridiculously slow, as soon as you go off circuit in specific areas.

I wouldn't want power loss if you go off on the exit, or on a straight, as it could cause you to crash. Perfect example would be turn 1 at Hockenheim, where they all take a really wide exit.

Nathanael - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 3:32 PM

I think people overlook the aero issue here, as well as the reduced rev limit, and no competition between engine manufacturers, due to the "equalised" engines. Not forgetting, Tilke probably has a design brief to go by, just as an architect has to design within the building regulations. Granted a lot of the tracks are similar, with too many run-offs, but, in my opinion, they are only part of the problem with lack of overtaking!

jay-o-matic - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 4:25 PM

I totally agree. The golf reference raises a good question. When a golfer (Arnold Palmer is only one example) designs a course, it challenges the field, looks good on TV, and kicks your ass when you make a mistake. How come F1 has no tracks designed by racers? I bet Jackie Stewart could come up with something worthwhile.

The Legendary T.A. - Unregistered

February 28, 2011 4:44 PM

As usual Sir Jackie is 100% correct. There is nobody in F1 who speaks with more wisdom and intelligence than he.Jackie won the German GP on the Nurburgrings 14 1/2 miles of lethal roads in dense fog and rain by 4 MINUTES from another legend , the wonderful Graham Hill.If we could noly turn back the clock

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