Guest Author - Christine Blachford
Here's part 2 of our quick round-up of the Formula 1 circuits we will enjoy this year.
Britain - Britain is still remembered as the home of F1 Racing, as the first World Championship race was held here decades ago. However, its grip on that memory is slipping as the development of the track and surrounding facilities has come to a halt, at a moment when it really needs investment. The race remains immensely popular though.
Germany – The Nurburgring is an enormous circuit that is famous for sometimes taking about ten minutes to complete. The F1 layout is much shorter than that, of course, and has plenty of twists and turns to challenge the drivers.
Hungary – Last year, Jenson Button took his maiden win at Hungary. It was a bizarre race, with a lot of the championship contenders falling out of the race part way through. The track is slow and has very few overtaking opportunities, and the weather doesn’t usually improve matters.
Turkey – Istanbul will host its third Grand Prix this year, and is one of the few that runs anti-clockwise. This is a strain on the drivers, but they are usually too busy concentrating on the tricky Turn 14 to concern themselves with that.
Italy – The race at Monza has a huge following, mostly thanks to Ferrari, and Italian prominence in F1 history. The track is incredibly fast, although some chicanes have been added over the years to try and slow things down a bit. It makes the race a good challenge for the drivers.
Belgium – Spa-Francorchamps was dropped from the 2006 calendar at the very last minute leaving many fans disappointed. Both fans and the drivers are happy to see the Belgian race back this year, as the track offers many twists and turns to challenge their racing skills.
China – Shanghai enters its fourth year as an F1 host, and the facilities and buildings at the track are surpassed by none. The corners are long and offer overtaking opportunities, but so far the fans have not turned up in their droves to see this.
Japan – Fuji returns as the Japanese track, replacing old favourite Suzuka. The circuit sits on the slopes of Mount Fuji and offers some stunning scenery. It’s been a long time since Fuji was on the calendar (30 years), almost as long as the straight through the start/finish line.
Brazil – As the last track of the season, Brazil is always swamped with fans. The facilities are not great, but the atmosphere and the track hold it’s place. Like Turkey, the track runs anti-clockwise and offers long corners and varying degrees of hill.
That wraps up a quick introduction to the order of events for 2007. Make sure you tune in to the races, so you can pick your favourite circuit.