October 06, 2014
There's a distinct whiff of Valencia here, in that it's a "street circuit" that winds through the Olympic Village, but without any of the drama of an actual street circuit like Monaco or even Singapore. This video makes it fairly clear that it's a Hermann Tilke design, full of flow-killing right-angle turns. To the circuit's credit, Turns 01, 11 and 12 seem like they'll be more suggestions than actual turns, at least in a F1 car. The big horseshoe left-hander promises to be a real neck-stretcher, though how good it'll be for racing is another question. Turn 02 will probably be the big passing zone, with 06 and 13 earning marks in that category as well... at least, just by looking at the map.
It's a wide track, though not so immense as Valencia, where you could put four cars side by side and have room left over. With concrete barriers right up against the track, one wanders offline at one's peril. The guess is that the asphalt will be smooth and slick, which is why Pirelli is bringing the Soft and Medium compounds for tire choices; it'll give good performance without being too conservative... unless the surface was secretly made out of ground glass and razor blades.
Basically the circuit will come down to how hard the right-angle turns are on the actual racing. Fortunately for us, the good zeks of the Legendary Announce Team will be bringing us their usual sterling commentary on the following schedule:
Practice 2: 5am - 630am live
Quals: 6am - 730am live
Grand Prix of Russia: 530am - 8am live
One interesting bit of news regarding the race... teams are not going to be allowed to bring in any upgrades. Not by FIA regulations, but because of the ongoing embargo against Russia regarding the ongoing mess in Ukraine. The teams can bring their stuff from Japan, but spare parts from, say, Woking, are banned. We'll see how that works out. See you this weekend!
(No razor blades, but maybe if they had some kind of metal in the roads and not just antediluvian layers of asphalt, there wouldn't be so damn many potholes...)
Posted by: Avatar at October 07, 2014 03:09 AM (ZeBdf)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 07, 2014 06:16 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 07, 2014 06:38 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 07, 2014 09:09 AM (BCjxQ)
I guess I always figured that the teams went in together on planning how to move from each race to the next. After all, they're all going to the same place, so why not charter a 747 passenger jet for all the crews, and one or two 747 cargo jets to carry all the equipment, and everyone split the expense equally?
But I guess they don't do that, huh?
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 07, 2014 02:42 PM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Wonderduck at October 07, 2014 03:04 PM (BCjxQ)
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