What makes a great racing circuit?
OPINION: F1 circuit design has changed over the years, and the old public-road layouts have given way to purpose-built autodromes. But what makes a great circuit, and could 'classic'-influenced designs offer a way for F1 to return to its roots?
There has been much discussion in the past among those in racing paddocks as to what truly constitutes a great circuit. Is it the challenge of high-G corners, like Eau Rouge at Spa, or a section of quick right-left-right flicks as seen at Austin, or tight hairpins at the end of long straights as incorporated at Shanghai?
Theoretically, it could be a combination of all - creating a circuit that affords overtaking opportunities but also challenges the drivers. For example, Suzuka has many of these features and has often hosted great battles to decide the outcome of the world championship.
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