Welcome to The Sprint in which I discuss various motorsport topics in short bitesize articles that are 500 words or less. For my first post we’ll be discussing the best track designs in F1 and more specifically Hermann Tilke’s track designs.
When thinking of F1 circuit design you think of Hermann Tilke. The well renowned circuit designer is universally known to be the best circuit designer that the sport has seen. Some of his tracks have gone on to become F1 classics whilst others have fallen flat, but none the less his impact on the sport has helped to define the modern era of Formula 1. So here, are my picks for Tilke’s best tracks.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who is an avid watcher of Formula 1, whilst it’s no longer on the F1 circuit, it’s perhaps the track that is most deserving of a Formula 1 spot. The history of the races at this track speak for themselves and I think you would be hard pressed to find anyone who would oppose a return to Malaysia for another electrifying race at Sepang.
- Circuit of the Americas
When thinking of what a US Grand Prix should embody, I think of COTA. The rowdy and raucous atmosphere is topped only by the quality of racing that we’ve seen at this circuit over the years. This Texas weekend feels much bigger than a single Grand Prix, it’s an event that boasts and impressive audience and an even more impressive experience.
- Buddh International Park
Looking at this circuit, the big question that remains on everyone’s mind is what could’ve been? We never really got to see this circuit reach its full potential as the lack of interest marked a swift end to F1 in India. However, with the sports’ exponential growth, it may now be time to make a return to this circuit as it has always looked very promising.
- Istanbul Park
After a nine year wait, we got a glimpse into what a return to Istanbul Park would look like in 2020 and it put on quite a show. This race saw Lewis take his 7th title in changeable conditions that are always sure to mix up a seemingly ordinary race. This track is easily on of Tilke’s best as it will always provide an unpredictable and exciting race, in my opinion there is no debate as to whether Turkey has earned its place on the F1 calendar.
If you’re looking for a track that has it all, look no further than Baku. It has long straights mixed with tight, technical sectors and those 90 degree corners. When it comes to Baku you never know what you’re going to get, year on year this circuit is able to turn out race results that no one could have predicted and it’s sure to keep you entertained throughout.