March 24, 2015
Some things never change. Since 1999, Malaysia has been dominated by the two "forever straights", separated only by a tight, low-speed hairpin. In effect this was Hermann Tilke's premiere track design, though he did technically design the A1-Ring (now the Red Bull Ring) in Austria first. It's already full of what would be come his signature tics, like the aforementioned long straights, lots of rhythm-destroying turns, and an appalling lack of feel for a racetrack. All of these would carry over to his later designs, with only Turkey truly standing as an acceptable layout.
Well, what's done is done. The circuits are here, they aren't going away anytime soon, so this is what we've got. What do often do get in Malaysia is rain. Lots and lots of rain. If we're lucky, we'll get rain this weekend. According to the forecast, there's showers scheduled on race morning, with thunderstorms in the afternoon. The question, of course, is if "the afternoon" is during the race itself. We'll see.
In injured driver news, both Valterri Bottas (back) and HWMNBN (concussion) are hopeful for returns this weekend. The Finn will do the car self-extraction test on Thursday, and if he's capable of that, he'll be driving. The Spaniard, however, went through a battery of tests this weekend, and will undergo a final medical assessment from the FIA on Thursday as well. I'd expect to see them both racing on Sunday.
Finally, here's the TV schedule for NBCSN's coverage this weekend:
P2: 100a - 300a live
Quals: 400a - 530a live
2015 Grand Prix of Malaysia: 130a - 400a live
As always, times are in Pond Central. Also as always, NBCSN's scheduling is brought to us by Zap2It, which means it's frequently wrong, and constantly impossible to read.
And, completely off-topic, here's this year's World Endurance Racing entry from Audi:
Yes, please, very much so.
To be fair, many of the track locations are chosen for political reasons, not because they're good sites for a race track. Dead flat plains don't do a track architect any favors, and I doubt anyone could have made a great track out of the Sochi Olympic Park. I read somewhere that Tilke was involved in site selection for COTA, which explains why the track seems to work with the terrain, especially the turn 1 hill followed by the downhill esses.
Posted by: flatdarkmars at March 24, 2015 10:17 PM (h7xWz)
If he had been the designer, I'd agree. Tavo Hellmund is credited as the designer of COTA along with Kevin Schwantz. Tilke was an advisor.
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"Can you please opine on what makes a good racetrack?"
I can, but not in comments... that's a post. Lemme get back to you on that.
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