F1 » DC: Tilke must produce exciting circuit for America


Thirteen-time grand prix-winner turned BBC F1 pundit and DTM ace David Coulthard stresses that for the sport to be a success in the States this time around, it first has to get the circuit right...

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Magician - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 11:46 AM

ferret - Laguna is all about one corner, the corkscrew. Apart from that its a short dusty narrow track with the sort of facilities that the F1 crowd would turn their noses up at. It would be a bit like going back to the Brands Hatch short circuit of 1975, but with nice weather. It is a little odd that a great country like USA doesn't really have an epic modern road course like for example Spa or Silverstone, wide, modern facilities, near a big city.
The all seem to be a bit like Oulton Park, a fine track, but not suitable for a Grand Prix or other World Championship events.

Shirley Knott

August 16, 2011 11:54 AM
Last Edited 1161 days ago

@ DC ftw
The word is LEGEND... and when it comes to DC it depends what end of the leg you're talking about!!

@ Ferret.

I would love to see the cars on the corkscrew but it will never happen. I don't think they'd manage to negotiate it in one piece.

@ Everyone else.

Anything Tilke can come up with has to be more exciting than a banked oval .... sometimes only just.

mark - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 11:58 AM

Unless you happen to have money to burn and like paying corrupt muppets like murdoch it wont matter as you most likely wont get to see the race properly anyway. we are trying to organise somthing on keep f1 on the bbc ( facebook page ) to get this sorted

Kiko - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 12:16 PM

A facebook page? Bernie is quaking in his boots.

Also, re cars going around the corkscrew - there should be a video on Youtube of a Toyota going around Laguna Seca.

ferret .

August 16, 2011 12:40 PM
Last Edited 1161 days ago

Laguna maybe small, dusty. but unlike the boring new tracks, at least you are closer to the action, just like Brands Hatch.
Sometimes it gets boring the vantage points of a new modern track.
But saying that best give this new track a chance first, and see what it is really like!
But if every track was like Spa then it would be great!
As for Oulton being mentioned, there is an awesome track!
Would not want F1 there as that would kill the place then and it would lose it's club circuit feel!

Taipan

August 16, 2011 1:14 PM

It's too easy just to blame Tilke for the crap tracks that he designs, most of the blame has to lie with the FiA and FOM. Tilke gets given the design brief and location from them and look at some of the crap locations for a racing track, how is he supposed to create corners like Blanchimont and Pouhon in the middle of Singapore or some hidious marina like that dump in Valencia? It's also not easy to replicate Eau Rouge in a camel infested desert thats as flat as a billiard table in Bahrain!

sas - Unregistered

August 16, 2011 1:24 PM

I'm from Portugal, so i don't agree too much about more overtaking more good races. Maybe to spice the Americans, to support the F1 race, should organize a Porsche Super Cup race. F1 is not one chassis race, so same times could have differences of pace.

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