Posted 10 January 2020 - 01:10 PM
The changes I really don't like are to Tarzan, Hugenholtzbocht, and Arie Luyendiijkbocht. Hugenholtzbocht is a classic turn, or was until now.
I hope this is not another example of F1 ruining a track.
Posted 10 January 2020 - 02:29 PM
I'd say the track will improve on it, but still the main straight is quite short in current config. The only option to pass might be towards Tarzan corner. But I might be wrong and it will be an interesting race. There are some factors like wind and sand as well.
Surely it will be a big orange party, but the race could be boring.
Posted 10 January 2020 - 02:40 PM
The pit exit is actually right before the Tarzanbocht which is not ideal and potentially dangerous.
That will be moved to the exit of Turn 1. I think the turns Tarzanbocht and Hugenholtzbocht will keep most of its character.
The gravel trap will remain mostly intact, just an escape route on the outside.
I believe the biggest change is that they get more banking so multiple lines are possible.
As for the Arie Luyendykbocht, I for one am actually pretty thrilled by it.
It will be a very unique turn on the Formula One calendar, and I hope it will carry an exciting reputation with it in the future.
Not only that, I think it really adds to the homage to Arie Luyendyk, being banked 18 degrees.
But the main function is to make sure it is usable with DRS open in an attempt to improve overtaking chances, which are very slim in today's machines.
I'll say this: I think -though the drivers will love the circuit- the 2020 race will be fairly dull, so I do not have high expectations.
I look forward to the 2021 rule changes and hope that with that the circuit will also bloom with exciting races.
Here is a hotlap of a projected version of the track.
- Based on a quote of Harry Schell
Posted 11 January 2020 - 05:14 PM
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