While much of the interest surrounding Formula 1's 2021 regulations has revolved around the cars and the new financial rules intended to make the grid closer, there is one pillar of change that must not be ignored if the championship is to seal a successful future. The tracks.
Even if future money rules work in establishing a level playing field, and there are cars that are super competitive and can race each other hard, it could all mean nothing if F1 does not ensure that it is racing on the right type of circuit.
Recent weeks have already demonstrated how much influence a layout can have on the spectacle of a race. Paul Ricard, where sequences of consecutive medium-speed corners make it impossible for cars to follow each other close enough to pass, produced one of the dullest races of the season.