The future of Formula One and its races are looking bad. All Bernie Ecclestone wants to do is have Hermann Tilke design these so called “beautiful circuits.” Yes, they might be beautiful from the outside but not so much when it comes down to racing. Look at Yas Marina for a second, they have the beautiful skyline and glowing hotels around the track but no real good racing to show for it. Same thing with Valencia (this year’s Valencia race was a little better). Personally I hate the Tilke tracks. There snooze fests. The Port Imperial Street Circuit in New Jersey isn’t bad at all for a Hermann Tilke track. On the other hand Bahrain, Malaysia, China, and Circuit of the Americas are terrible.
Today we saw a fantastic season finale at Interlagos (a non Tilke track) plenty of passing and NOT a snooze fest. This year the Canadian Grand Prix was my favorite race to watch because of the wet conditions first and then dry. Most of that race was in the rain and I think that we saw more passing in that race then the China and Malaysia races combined and that with without no DRS in pretty much the whole race!
To me Formula One is all about history. Let’s think for a second what are the best Grand Prix? British at Silverstone, Belgian at Spa, Monaco, Italy at Monza, German at Nurburgring. Those races all have a ton of history around them. The British Grand Prix is the oldest race in Formula One. Monaco is right up with it. Belguim and Italy are always a great show with historic tracks, same thing with Germany. What about the other races though? Well, Australia is always a great show at Albert Park. Japan at Suzuka is okay. Hungaroring is one of my favorites on the calendar. You can’t leave out Brazil. Some races do need to return such as the Argentine Grand Prix. What about the San Marino and South African races? The French Grand Prix is always being left out.
I do commend the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone on trying to grow Formula One’s population in Asia and the Middle East. There are easier ways of doing that though.
I think that there is a easy solution to this problem for the future. Break the schedule down into 3 regions. The first region is North and South America. Next is Europe and Middle East and the last one is Asia and Australia. Say if you get 5 or possibly 6 races over in the first region just because of travel. The main thing is that you have to stay in Europe because that is where most of the teams are located. Make the Asia and Australia region as like season ending or season starting stretch of races. While it is important to branch out to Asia/Australia and North and South America its important to have double the amount of races in the Europe/Middle East region due to traveling. With all of this being said. What Grand Prix/tracks should be on this so called “dream” schedule?
First I’m going to start off with the North America and South American region. This region needs to have 6 races. You have your traditional one in Canada. Brazil. Add Argentina, and Mexico and have your two United States races. Three tracks remain the same and you add in three tracks that are very good.
- Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villenueve (June)
- Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos (March)
- Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires (March)
- Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (March)
- Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial Street Circuit (June)
- United States Grand Prix at Burke Lakefront Airport (June)
Next is the Europe and Middle East region. There won’t be too many changes to this leg of the schedule because there are already good tracks in place. Some additions include returns to France and San Marino. This part of the schedule will be 9 races long.
- British Grand Prix at Silverstone (July)
- German Grand Prix at Nurburgring (July)
- Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring (Jul/August)
- Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps (August)
- Italian Grand Prix at Monza (September)
- French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard (April)
- Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya (April)
- Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo (May)
- San Marino Grand Prix at Imola (May)
The last region is the Asia and Australia. Five races should be in this part of the schedule. Two of them are in Australia, two in Japan and one in China.
- Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park (November)
- Pacific Grand Prix at Adelaide Street Circuit (November)
- Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit (October)
- Asian Grand Prix at Mt. Fuji (October)
- Chinese Grand Prix at Macau (September)
The final schedule will look like this.
Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos (March)
Argentine Grand Prix at Buenos Aires (March)
Mexican Grand Prix at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (March)
French Grand Prix at Paul Ricard (April)
Spanish Grand Prix at Catalunya (April)
San Marino Grand Prix at Imola (May)
Monaco Grand Prix at Monte Carlo (May)
Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villenueve (June)
Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial Street Circuit (June)
United States Grand Prix at Burke Lakefront Airport (June)
British Grand Prix at Silverstone (July)
German Grand Prix at Nurburgring (July)
Hungarian Grand Prix at Hungaroring (July)
Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps (August)
Chinese Grand Prix at Macau Street Circuit (September)
Asian Grand Prix at Mt. Fuji (October)
Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit (October)
Pacific Grand Prix at Adelaide Street Circuit (November)
Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park (November)
*All photos are from wikipedia.
There are many reasons why this region system would work. My first reason is cutting down on flying costs by staying in one region than more than two weeks. Second reason is because these are tracks that made Formula One what it is today (history etc). Third reason is that it brings back the flare of the 1980s and 1990s.