Street tracks better for Formula 1 than permanent circuits - Tilke

Formula 1 track designer Hermann Tilke says the championship's push to add more grands prix on city circuits opens the door for more exciting track layouts in the future

Street tracks better for Formula 1 than permanent circuits - Tilke

F1 chairman Chase Carey revealed earlier this week that new events vying for races needed to show their layouts could provide good racing, and Tilke believes the move towards city venues will help that quest.

Tilke, who has worked on the majority of new F1 circuits introduced this century, believes street-track designers actually have more freedom than those creating permanent tracks that have to cater for a wider variety of cars, drivers and events.

"We are not building [permanent] tracks only for the high professional drivers, we are also building tracks for all kind of drivers," Tilke said at the FIA Sport Conference in the Philippines on Tuesday.

"This means amateur drivers, it means a driver who is 60 years old and wishes to drive some kind of racing car or high-performance car. All these people have to be safe [on permanent tracks], it is not only F1.

"But as you see in Baku - that is a track built only for professional drivers.

"You could never have old drivers or young drivers on this track, and that makes a difference.

"The investor of a [permanent] track wants to use a track for everybody - not only F1."

Miami and Vietnam are expected to be the next additions to the F1 calendar, with Liberty clear that it wants to focus on 'destination cities' as part of its efforts to increase the series' fanbase.

"The trend is going to the city tracks and this is really good for professional sport," Tilke added.

"The idea behind it is that it is really very unique, and every city is unique.

"If you go in the centre of a city then you cannot compare with others.

"We have real street races, we have three in the calendar at the moment - Monaco, Singapore and Baku - and all these three are so different and so unique.

"This makes it really very interesting and for the high professional series like F1, it is the right way."

shares
comments
Why Mercedes has to pursue Ricciardo
Previous article

Why Mercedes has to pursue Ricciardo

Next article

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez tests Toro Rosso F1 car

Four-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez tests Toro Rosso F1 car
The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared Plus

The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared

Recent moves within the driver market have reminded MAURICE HAMILTON of a time when contracts weren’t worth the paper they weren’t written on…

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing Plus

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing

It has been a long time coming but Audi’s arrival in Formula 1 is finally on the horizon for 2026. But it won’t be its first foray into grand prix racing, as the German manufacturer giant has a history both long and enthralling

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination Plus

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination

After a tooth and nail and, at times, toxic Formula 1 world championship scrap last year, Max Verstappen's march to a second consecutive title has been the exact opposite. But has he really changed in 2022? Here's a dive into what factors have played a crucial role, both inside the Verstappen camp and elsewhere, in the Dutch driver's domination

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward Plus

Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward

Lewis Hamilton’s words in a recent Vanity Fair interview define both his world-view and his approach to this season: one of perpetual struggle against adversity. As GP RACING explains, that’s what Lewis feeds off – and why, far from being down and nearly out, he’s using his unique skillset to spearhead Mercedes’ revival…

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight Plus

The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight

The pecking order in 2022's Formula 1 season may look pretty static as the season draws to a close, but the unique nature of the cost cap means that preparation for next season takes precedence. New developments are being pushed back to 2023 - which could mask the technical development war ongoing...

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
How one retro event could prove an alluring prospect for Formula 1 stars Plus

How one retro event could prove an alluring prospect for Formula 1 stars

While Formula 1 drivers taking part in retro events can prove costly, as Charles Leclerc discovered at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Goodwood Revival could prove an interesting experiment for today's stars. As the event's own Tourist Trophy race proves it means serious business, a race for current F1 drivers feels as though it’s in line with where the event is currently at

Goodwood Revival
Sep 21, 2022
The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari's 2022 F1 points downfall Plus

The surprise biggest indicator of Ferrari's 2022 F1 points downfall

Looking back to the early races of 2022 and Ferrari’s challenge to Red Bull and Max Verstappen was going better than many expected. But it has lost so much ground a surprise rival can even pip Charles Leclerc to runner-up in the standings if given the chance

Formula 1
Sep 20, 2022
How Tyrrell and Stewart forged parallel paths to F1 stardom Plus

How Tyrrell and Stewart forged parallel paths to F1 stardom

The young Ken Tyrrell was barely 
aware of motor racing – until a trip with 
his village football team to the British
 Grand Prix set him on the road to
 becoming a Formula 1 constructor. MAURICE HAMILTON details the humble beginning of Tyrrell and how Ken linked up with Jackie Stewart…

Formula 1
Sep 19, 2022