F1 » Six of the Best: Short-lived Grand Prix circuits


Heading to one of the newest circuits on the F1 calendar, Crash.net columnist Will Saunders explores those venues that failed to make a long-term impression on the sport…

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superdowg316

October 02, 2013 9:56 AM

*cough* post-2002 Hockenheim *cough*

Before I get comments that "Old Hockenheim was boring, too long and blah", let me explain. The whole reason it was shortened was to keep the track on the calender. Because they were removing trees to make the new circuit, they tore the old one up and planted the trees there. And there's an Irony to this...

What's that irony you ask? Well, because they were making a new track AND tearing down the old one, along with pulling and planting trees, Hockenheimring nearly went bankrupt. As a result, they now have to alternate with the Nurburgring.

Demolishing a classic track for a Tilkedrome that's only used once every two years? What a failure...

formulawill

October 02, 2013 12:34 PM

superdawg -

i thought about the new hockenheim, as well as new kyalami and new beunos aires, but think on reflection the topic of desecration/'reimagining' of old classic tracks deserves a separate article.

there's a case to suggest that interlagos is the only true re-versioning that managed to retain some of the original circuit's grandeur. a1 ring, nurburgring, fuji would also all be up for critique. any others?

superdowg316

October 02, 2013 2:48 PM

@rdc, did Spa actually change that much? apart from the butchered Bus Stop Chicane?

@formulawill I could only think of this one. I'll do some research.

Jacarapuga (think I spelled it right) - most of the left side of the circuit was removed for the olympic training gyms (don't know if the other side is still there)

jlr689

October 02, 2013 3:57 PM

MOST OF THEM WERE TEMPORARY CIRCUITS DALLAS, CESSARS PALACE ( I WAS THERE),ETC

WHEN YOU SEE PICTURES FROM 1950-60 MANY WERE TEMPORARY CIRCUITS WITH NO SAFETY MEASURES IN THE CARS AND THE TRACKS
EVEN IN THE 90s THE DRIVERS WERE UNPROTECTED SEE PICTURES OF THE LOW LINE BRABHAM ,THE ROLLBARS IN THE LOTUS FROM THE 60s ETC......THOSE WERE BRAVE MEN

Taipan

October 02, 2013 4:04 PM

Superpooch, Yes Spa has only had 2 modifications to the bus stop since 1983 but if you look at the original track it was twice at long as the current one, most (maybe all) of the old roads that made up the full circuit are still there as they are public roads. It was used in F1 from 1950 to 1970 and in GP racing going back to the '20s.

formulawill

October 02, 2013 4:07 PM

@rdc - of course! easy to overlook, but in halving the length of the circuit from the historic (pre-1970) configuration to the modern (post-1983) version, it could be argued that the track was improved overall..

@superdowg - i read that jacarepagua has been demolished entirely? either way, in hosting 10 brazilian gps, it's got a pretty meaty heritage compared to some of the other tracks discussed.

Mark _

October 02, 2013 4:40 PM

On Hockenheim: it is a shame that they removed the old circuit and the new circuit really did not keep the character of the old one. Having said that I really don't hate the new circuit. The races there typically have more passing than the new Nurburgring. Also the track was shortened back in the early sixties when they built the autobahn nearby so it already was a modified track design with the creation of the stadium section.

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