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Hermann Tilke to design new circuit to be built near Moscow

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November 13, 2013 4:02 PM

It seems time for new blood to enter the track design business. Tilke tracks are fine works, but tend to deliver the same type of racing, and predictability by the teams in tuning for them. Would be nice to see more tracks like Suzuka, Monza, Belgium, etc.. adding variety and a greater change of character between venues, not less.


November 13, 2013 5:46 PM

What kind of hold does Tike have that is him that gets to design every new track? They are beautiful but highly forgettable. No personality and a poor (IMHO) racing credentials for the most part. There has to be a pay off somewhere.


November 13, 2013 7:51 PM

the problem is not tilke! he designs the construction and features of the track but is given strict guidelines on types of corners, dimensions etc, by the fia. he recently confirmed that he would not be permitted to provide corners similar to Singapore, as he would not be permitted to. he is given a venue and requested to lay out the track to be suitable for f1. how on earth can he "design" a circuit using existing streets, or industrial estates. can you see him trying to provide elevation changes, or straightening street corners. Austin is one of the places where he had a clean sheet on open country, and he did a good job there.

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November 13, 2013 8:43 PM
Last Edited 822 days ago

@JimmyTheRealOne - I guess that you don't like tracks that have an elevation change? As I see it the problem isn't so much with Tilke's track layouts it is with what is beyond the edge of the track. They are mostly built in flat featureless areas. A good track needs some landmarks and natural features to keep it from looking bland.


November 13, 2013 9:17 PM

As said Tilke does not really design the tracks but works to preset criteria set up by the FIA ie Bernie and co and he is contracted at a high fee to do this. No one else is acceptable. To be honest the modern tracks might as well bne US style oval circuits because they are just dull and repetitive.


November 13, 2013 10:52 PM

Completely agree Richard, an architect can only be as adventurous as his client allows, so blame the FiA for the crap tracks.

Austin is great thanks to him being permitted to copy some great corners from other tracks.

If he designed a track like Spa or Suzuka it would be deemed too dangerous, if he designed a track like Monza it would be deemed too fast, in reality he can't win.


November 14, 2013 9:59 AM
Last Edited 822 days ago


"Vettel leads into the first 90 degree corner"

"Hulkenberg is now pulling a move on Ricciardo into the second 90 degree corner"

"Meanwhile the two Williams' are side be side going into the third 90 degree corner"

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