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Monday, August 25, 2008

Valencia circuit leaves many wanting

Well, the Valencia weekend is in the books, and while drivers and team bosses like Timo Glock, Kimi Raikkonen, Mario Theissen and Flavio Briatore have all praised the brand new street circuit, it seems not everyone was enamored with it.

Whether it be the Red Bulletin humorously pointing out the less than ideal placement of advertising in relation to the transporters (see “Sign of the Times”), or reactions like these in the press:


For my money, the track was...ok. Twenty-five corners is not something to dismiss. But as far as an entertaining view? Well, we didn’t necessarily see the “old-world” charm some were trying to sell.

In fact, the only time I got the real feeling of being in a harbor setting was from the air. Suddenly, in this perspective, it all clicked, especially the use of the bridge. It’s a shame that didn’t translate on ground level.

Unfortunately, rather than a modern-day Monte Carlo, we got yet another sterile, interchangeable Tilke-like track. The kind where the only hint as to what country you are in is the architecture of the garage area, and in this case, because of the modern locale, we didn’t even get that.

Of course, one race doesn’t make a circuit’s personality. Perhaps the lack of passing was a one-off. We’ll see... but here’s hoping Singapore offers more of a spectacle than just F1 under the lights. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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