The right road
January 22, 2008
These days, with one press conference after the other for the journalists and almost nothing at hand for the sponsors, my attention was caught by the new calendar of the upcoming Formula One season. I especially had a close look at the two new circuits, which will be part of the calendar: downtown Singapore and Valencia respectively.
Both circuits are real city circuits (as the cars race right through the streets of the cities…) and both are extremely interesting, each one for its own reason. The Asian circuit is about 5 kilometres long, but really new is the fact that the single-seasters will race – for the first time in the history of modern Formula One – at night, thanks to a sophisticated light system, which has been planned exclusively for this circuit by an Italian company. Although there are some unknown factors, connected to this experiment of a race at night. My eternal love for city circuits and the necessity of the Formula One circus to reinvent itself, keeping the spectators interested in the races, let me be highly optimistic as far as this event is concerned.
By the way: a real event is also the race at the hyper-modern city circuit of Valencia (because just calling it a race would not be enough for the modern Grands Prix of Formula One). The circuit, with its length of 5,6 kilometre, has been built around the extremely modern harbour of Valencia, which already hosted the America’s Cup finals – the Formula One of the sea - last year.
The circuit is extremely exciting and extremely fast with top speeds of over 300 km/h and an average speed of around 200 km/h.
I bet it will be really fun to watch, thanks also to the fact that many systems in the cars have been abandoned this season. I think that the road the FIA has taken is finally the right one, to offer exciting Formula One races, and what do you think…?