As an F1 fan, I have always wondered what it would be like to put together a track layout that would comprise of as many of the best corners or sections from existing circuits in the world, a Super Circuit. A track that would have long straights, fast sweeping corners requiring quick change of direction, tight hairpins as well as rapid changes in elevation that would put man and machine to the ultimate test.
For this exercise in imagination, I only considered modern F1 tracks. Of course opinions regarding which circuits and which sections of it are the best may differ; i just went ahead with the ones I like the most and these are:
Eau Rouge and Pouhon – Spa-Francorchamps
Turn 8 – Istanbul
130R – Suzuka
Senna ‘S’ – Interlagos
Curva Parabolica – Monza
Fairmont / Grand Hotel Hairpin – Monaco
Longest Straight – Shanghai
Becketts – Silverstone
Turns 9-10 – Buddh International (Had to consider something from the Indian track of course)
Turn 3 – Catalunya
Turn 3 at Catalunya is not a favourite, however I needed it to complete the track layout.
Wikipedia proved a great source for pictures of various circuit layouts. After trying out multiple permutations and combinations of piecing together a layout which would result in a flowing track, I finally ended with the one below.
Just imagine what a lap would be like on this circuit.
From the start finish straight, the drivers would descend into the Senna ‘S’, before having to adjust to the change in elevation again as they head up flat out towards Eau Rouge. The track would then lead them into one of the best sweeping corners in modern F1, Turn 8, where they would experience a peak g-force of 5G. A moment of respite would follow as they navigate Turn 3, before having to be on their toes again, as they brake hard to negotiate the slowest corner in F1, the Grand Hotel Hairpin. Getting through this safely would reward them with an opportunity to stretch their legs as they would attack the Curva Parabolica at over 330 km/hr before changing direction again as they enter flowing Pouhon. This would be followed by 130R, where they would bravely maintain full throttle under extremely high g-forces, after which they would have to quickly change direction to the right to enter the parabolic section. Exiting this corner would then take them through the high speed, high precision demanding turns at Becketts, before releasing them into the longest straight in F1, a distance of 1.17 km. Finally they would brake hard and turn right into the start finish straight to start all over again.
Is Hermann Tilke looking for a new design?