Your ideal racing season

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    Craig Woollard

    With so many racetracks of new and old around, I ask you this: which 15-or-so racetracks would make up your ideal racing season? They don’t all have to be F1 tracks, nor do they have to exist any more. But what would make up your dream season? I shall start. For circuits with multiple layouts, please state which layout is used (i.e. for Silverstone, you could use the current National, International, Grand Prix, MotoGP layouts, or any previous layout like the pre-2010 layout).

    1. Mount Panorama Circuit
    2. Sepang International Circuit
    3. Suzuka Circuit – Full
    4. Twin Ring Motegi Road Course
    5. Circuit of the Americas
    6. Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the oval)
    7. Interlagos (1979 layout)
    8. Silverstone Circuit (current layout)
    9. Brands Hatch Grand Prix
    10. Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps (layout prior to current one)
    11. Circuit de la Sarthe (Current, full)
    12. Circuit de Monaco (Current)
    13. Nurburgring 24-hr Layout
    14. Hockenheimring (pre-2002 Layout)
    15. Istanbul Park

    For me, these are the tracks I enjoy racing around the most on various games. Although I’ve only ever seen videos on YouTube of the old Interlagos, it looks pretty good nonetheless. All those tracks would be pretty neat to drive around in an LMP, although I know those types of cars will never go around a lot of those circuits.


    My ideal 2014 season calendar would be;

    1. Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne (16 March)
    2. Oceania Grand Prix – Adelaide (30 March)
    3. Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka (6 April)

    4. San Marino Grand Prix – Imola (27 April)
    5. Spanish Grand Prix – Jerez (4 May)
    6. Austrian Grand Prix – A1 Ring (18 May)
    7. Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo (1 June)
    8. European Grand Prix – Donington (8 June)

    9. Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal (29 June)
    10. United States Grand Prix – Austin (13 July)
    11. North American Grand Prix – Laguna Seca (27 July)
    12. Mexican Grand Prix – Hermanos Rodríguez (3 August)

    13. French Grand Prix – Paul Ricard (31 August)
    14. British Grand Prix – Silverstone (7 September)
    15. German Grand Prix – Old Hockenheim (21 September)
    16. Belgian Grand Prix – Spa (28 September)
    17. Italian Grand Prix – Monza (12 October)
    18. Luxembourg Grand Prix – Nurburgring (19 October)

    19. Argentinian Grand Prix – Potrero de los Funes (9 November)
    20. Brazilian Grand Prix – Interlagos (23 November)

    I couldn’t narrow it down to 15 or so.


    I have only been watching F1 since late 2008, so really I can’t do this properly, but I think my selection would be:

    1. Malaysia
    2. Interlagos (current layout)
    3. Bahrain (current layout)
    4. Monaco
    5. Silverstone (current layout)
    6. Jerez
    7. Spa
    8. Monza
    9. Canada
    10. Mexico (Hermanos Rodriguez)
    11. France (Magny-cours)
    12. Suzuka
    13. USA (Austin)
    14. Australia (Melbourne)
    15. India

    Honestly, not the best choices, but these are some of my favourites!


    1, Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne
    2, United States Grand Prix – Road America
    3, Korean Grand Prix – Yeongam
    4, French Grand Prix – Magny-Cours
    5, Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal
    6, Monaco Grand Prix – Monte Carlo
    7, Austrian Grand Prix – A1 Ring
    8, German Grand Prix – Nurburgring Nordschleife
    9, Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul
    10, Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps (Double Points – Race distance increased by 30%)
    11, British Grand Prix – Silverstone
    12, Singapore Grand Prix – Marina Bay
    13, Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka
    14, European Grand Prix – Hockenheim (Pre-2002)
    15, Brazilian Grand Prix – Interlagos
    16, Malaysian Grand Prix – Kuala Lumpur


    If I were in charge of F1, the calendar I’d push for would be as follows:

    1. Australian Grand Prix – Melbourne
    2. Malaysian Grand Prix – Sepang
    3. Japanese Grand Prix – Suzuka
    4. Spanish Grand Prix – Jerez
    5. Monaco Grand Prix – Monaco
    6. Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello
    7. French Grand Prix – Magny Cours
    8. British Grand Prix – Silverstone
    9. German Grand Prix – Nurburgring
    10. Dutch Grand Prix – Zandvoort
    11. European Grand Prix – Brands Hatch
    12. Belgian Grand Prix – Spa
    13. Italian Grand Prix – Monza
    14. Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve
    15. Canadian Grand Prix – Montreal
    16. United States Grand Prix – Road America
    17. Georgia Grand Prix – Road Atlanta
    18. Californian Grand Prix – Laguna Seca
    19. Mexican Grand Prix – Hermanos Rodriguez
    20. Brazilian Grand Prix – Interlagos

    Adam Blocker

    Malaysian GP – Sepang
    Australian GP – Mount Panorama
    Abu Dhabi GP – Yas Marina
    Canadian GP – Montreal
    Indianapolis 500 – Indianapolis (oval)
    Monaco GP – Monaco
    French GP – Circuit de la Sarthe
    British GP – Silverstone (current layout)
    German GP – Hockenheimring (pre-2002)
    Austrian GP – Red Bull Ring
    Belgian GP – Spa-Franchorchamps
    Italian GP – Monza
    Japanese GP – Suzuka
    United States GP – COTA
    Mexican GP – Mexico City
    Brazilian GP – Interlagos


    In no particular order:

    Circuit de la Sarthe (the modern layout with the chicanes on the Mulsanne)
    Hungaroring (don’t know what it is about this track but I found the recent races good, despite the difficulties in overtaking)
    Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
    Road Atlanta/Laguna Seca (alternating)
    Istanbul Park
    Silverstone/Donington (alternating)
    Circuit de Catalunya (but the old configuration where it’s a high speed final turn onto the pit straight)


    I think I’d have to normalise the calendar, I don’t like all the undesirable travel between events. Start at Australia, then go to the next closest event. Splitting up the races into geographical groups would help, Europe, america, mid east etc. But if F1 really wants to be green then it needs to look at all aspects of its ‘sport’

    With that in mind I’d do
    Abu dahbi

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