#DeflateGate was not the only major discussion that happened at Monza, as the track itself has come under threat of being dropped from the calendar, because the Italians are unable or at least unwilling to cave in and feed Ecclestone’s greed by paying higher hosting fees, believed to be somewhere north of 25 million quid.
Monza would just be the latest of many historic tracks that have either been Tilke’d, like Hockenheim, or dropped from the calendar in favor of soulless Tilkedromes in all the wrong parts of the world.
In a futile attempt, I present my own counter-offer for a proper season:
1. GP of South Afrika – Kyalami
2. GP of Brazil – Interlagos
3. GP Of Argentina – Buenos Aires
4. GP of Mexico – Mexico City
5. GP Of Canada – Montreal
6. Indy 500
7. GP Of Spain – Barcelona
8. GP Of Monaco – Monte Carlo
9. GP Of France – Curcuit Bugatti, Le Mans
10. GP Of Germany – Eurospeedway
11. GP Of Great Britain – Silverstone
12. GP Of Hungary – Hungaro Ring
— Summer Break —
13. GP Of Austria – Red Bull Ring
14. GP Of Belgium – Spa Franchorchamps
15. GP Of Portugal – Portimao
16. GP Of Italy – Monza
— 3 weeks break —
16. United States GP – Road America
17. GP Of Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur
18. GP Of Singapore
19. GP Of Japan – Suzuka
20. GP Of Australia – Adelaide
1-5 “New World Tour”
The start of the season happens almost entirely on the American continents. Watching Brazil at the end of the season feels wrong on so many levels for someone who started watching F1 in the late 80s. Kyalami and Buenos Aires may not have the longest history in F1, but completely omitting Africa and leaving South America with just one race is wrong, too.
Mexico in my opinion needs to get the Peraltada back. The lobotomized track we’ll get to have our eyes burned out by later this year is like running Spa with a tyre chicane in front of Radillon, oh… wait…
Canada is moved forward and the predictably cool temperatures give the engineers and drivers something to earn their salary.
The month of May is reserved for the Indy 500 to return. Teams have to buy a chassis and engine for it or hook up with an existing team. Smaller teams would probably give that one a pass, but that’s just like it was in the olden days and it would give Indy qualifying some sort of meaning again as an influx of F1 teams would mean they could see in excess of forty cars trying to make the field.
Points would of course be awarded independently from Indycars, so in addition to the Indycar points they would get F1 points if finishing in the top 10. It’s a long shot, but for instance there is one driver in F1 with openwheel oval racing experience – Nico Hülkenberg. Imagine a Force India liveried Dallara-Chevy winning the thing. Another one with Oval experience is Kimi Räikkönen, who ran several NASCAR sanctioned races during his two-year hiatus from F1
European Leg 1
Due to the long break for the Indy 500 the entire first leg happens on eight weekends in June and July. In exchange the teams had four weeks of development time prior to Barcelona.
Like in the days of yore, in Hippo’s world F1 is a quintessentially European invention and needs a strong European Campaign. France is back, as is Germany, but neither do we run at the soulless socialist abomination called Circuit de Nevers, nor at Hockenheim or the Nürburgring.
Why that bland thing near Magny-Cours won’t come back should be a no-brainer. The Circuit Bugatti might not be the most spectacular track, but Le Mans oozes history. It would be a shambles not to run there.
The biggest surprise might be the Eurospeedway. I included it for two reasons. From all but the cheapest seats, you can see the entire track at all times. People would actually not miss any action. And like the Peraltada in Mexico, it has a banked corner. That would force whatever tyre supplier there is, to come up with a product that doesn’t disintegrate if you look at it cross-eyed. Heck, if it was for me, they’d run the Oval. There have been oval Formula 3 races there in 2005 and 2006. They were described in the press as “utterly mad and amazing”. Think 25 lead changes per race and you get the idea.
On a different note, since F1 seems hell-bent on going green; Unless there is no wind whatsoever, the Eurospeedway is powered by its own wind power-plant. Doesn’t get much greener than that.
In my first draft I thought about putting the German GP on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, but having driven countless laps there, I’m convinced those flimsy cars of today wouldn’t survive a single lap there and Pastor Maldonado would take the meaning of Flugplatz a bit too literally, I’m afraid. And that’s not even counting what would happen to tyres that can’t even do 30 laps round Spa-Francorchamps. We’d see ten-stop races.
European Leg 2
After the summer break we have five more European races with the only surprise being Portimao. The track is relatively new and modern and has good climate. There’s a reason why so many DTM and WEC tests have been done there.
Red Bull Ring might be a relative newcomer, but no matter what you think personally about Red Bull, there is no doubt that Mateschitz has invested a lot of money and turned it into a world class facility.
Pacific Rim Tour
It starts out in America, but instead of Austin, in my world the race happens on a proper track and there are seriously only two candidates for that – Long Beach or Road America. Of course it would never happen, but one is allowed to dream.
Kuala Lumpur and Singapore might be relatively new and Tilkedromes on top of that, but both have proven in the past that they can make for exciting racing and Asia deserves more than one GP. I don’t think Suzuka needs much lobbying, it just belongs in the calendar.
Melbourne is gone and just like it was in the olden days, we end the season in Adelaide, giving us a third street course where engine power isn’t the deciding factor.
Here you are – Hippo’s dream season. Let us know what races and tracks you would add.