Formula One is one of the most famous and expensive sports in today’s time. People across the world dedicatedly follow their team and attend every race that they can. The craze about this sport is so much so that it has also given rise to some event companies specifically hosting f1 events featuring formula one simulator. These events help corporates in improving their team productivity and performance.
Today, Formula One – under the ownership of Liberty Media and Chase Carey, has been making efforts to bring in new changes and avenues of expansion. It’s quest is to take this sport to new countries, and hence new tracks are being looked at.
As the number of races is bound to increase in the near future, it would also be wise to reconsider some circuits that are being overlooked all these years despite having all the elements needed to host an F1 racing weekend. Along with developing new racing circuits in new countries (so as to take F1 to new countries), we believe that these previously built circuits could come of equal help.
Following are five such destinations that F1 should reconsider in the near future.
#5: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, South Africa
It would be very neglectful if a Grand prix is not held in the African continent, especially when the Formula One is planning to spread their wings in new places. This refurbished 13 turn circuit in Midrand is owned by the Porsche Group and it rests just off Johannesburg.
Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has a racing heritage and is equally popular among the locals before apartheid sanctions decided to discontinue it. South Africa can be one of the old ‘new’ places for a grand return for the first time since 1992.
An interesting fact about this venue is – being located in the southern hemisphere, Kyalami used to be the location for winter testing.
#4: Nurburgring, Germany
Germany always had a remarkable racing history. Now that Formula One has German drivers, namely, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg in competitive cars, it will be so incredible for the sport to return to this nation. By this, we specifically mean for the sport to return to the Nurburgring track that snakes through the forest around the Eifel mountains.
The unpredictable weather adds in the mystique of the circuit. It is now owned by Russian billionaire Viktor Kharitonin. If at all a deal takes place, this venue will be among one of the most popular returns of all time classic circuits.
#3: Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands
The Formula One owners are very savvy as they did not take F1 to the Netherlands, especially when the Dutch star driver Max Verstappen is one of the hottest properties in the sport. In fact, the Formula One owners have invited the owners of the Zandvoort race track to make a concrete proposal for staging a race in the year 2020.
The year 1985 was the last time when the Dutch Grand Prix was held. This track is famous for its fast and sweeping corners such as the Scheivlak and the Tarzan corner hairpin at the end of the start/ finish line.
#2: Caesar’s Palace Circuit, Nevada, USA
Taking the Formula One sport to the entertainment capital of the world for an exciting night race, with cars zipping around the casinos, would definitely be F1 Chef Chase Carey’s dream come true.
The Formula One sport ventured into the ‘sin city’ for two whole years (1981 – 1982). However, due to the desert heat and counter-clockwise circuit were not something the racing drivers preferred. This problem is unlikely to exist today, as both the given reasons have been overcome through improved fitness (as we witnessed from the Singapore GP, something the drivers treat as a challenge).
#1: Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans, France
The Circuit des 24 heures du Mans of France is one of the triple crown of race tracks, along with Indy and Monaco, and is immediately recognised by the F1 fans around the world.
This circuit will instantly elevate the profile of the French Grand prix, which for a fact is not as exciting as it was when it was held at the Paul Ricard or Magny Cours. While negotiating through the 13.6 km and 38 turn track, over 85 per cent of the lap time is spent on full throttle (which is even more than the Temple of Speed at Monza, Italy). Since it is the longest track by distance, it would guarantee worldwide exposure to this sport.