Every year new circuits in new countries are being introduced into the F1 calendar. But not many races stay in the calendar for a long period, due to various reasons – the races in Valencia, Turkey, India and Korea are prime examples.
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is the only race introduced in the last 6 years that has survived till 2015. The very important German Grand Prix was not included in the 2015 calendar, despite Germany’s involvement in modern F1.
When the situation is like this, fans can celebrate the huge success of the returning classic Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez last week. Also there are a few more classical circuits with a lot of racing heritage that can be reintroduced into the calendar in the future.
Let’s look at five tracks that would immediately make a good impression.
This circuit hosted 14 Formula One races. Located in the small town called Le Castellet, the 5.8 km track was the home for the French Grand Prix. It last hosted the French Grand Prix in 1990 and since then a lot of modifications to the old layout have been made. It can be run with more than 100 possible configurations, which F1 can make use of to provide great racing.
The circuit has been an important testing track for major sportscar championships and it is also known as Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track. It’s owned by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
Magny-Cours is another famous track in France, well known for making overtaking very difficult for drivers. Even after some modifications, however, it failed to become a fanfavourite.
France has a huge racing history and is the home of FIA. The term "grand prix" is French too. French Grand Prix has been on the F1 calendar ever since the Championship was introduced.
Some major automobile manufacturers are based in France, engine supplier Renault being one of them. World Champion Alain Prost, Jean Alesi, Romain Grosjen and late Jules Bianchi are some of the best F1 drivers from France. An F1 calendar without a country like France looks awry.