Liberty consider circuit changes to improve racing

Date published: December 6 2017

Liberty Media have “engaged” some F1 circuit bosses to discuss changes that would improve racing; that’s according to Ross Brawn.

Following the bore-fest that was the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina circuit designer Hermann Tilke conceded that tweaks may needed to be made to the layout to ensure better racing.

The Yas Marina track is not the only circuit that could do with a few changes.

Brawn, though, has warned that not all overtaking leads to better racing, adding that he feels what fans really want is to see two drivers fighting hard for a position.

“The aerodynamic programme is now starting to pick up pace, and the work on circuit development is happening,” the F1 sporting boss told Motorsport.com

“We have already got engaged with some circuits about possible modifications to improve racing.”

He added: “We have started looking in our archives.

“Were there periods of racing where there was more overtaking? Are there tracks where there is more overtaking? So you can do a statistical analysis.

“The thing you have to be careful of is that overtaking isn’t good racing.

“You have got to start to think about what is good racing, and it is two cars fighting each other.

“It may mean the guy in front stays in front but you can have some great racing going on.

“It is a little bit more complex than counting the number of overtakes.

“What we are seeing so far is the ability to take different lines through corners is quite important to help racing.

“So if you have got a hairpin and it is a narrow track, it is not that great.

“If you have a hairpin and it is a wide track, where there can be some different lines going into it, then you can get something happening.

“Austin, I think, would fall into the category of a complex of corners.

“So you take a line on one corner going in, and then you start to force the defending car to start taking different lines.

“And then eventually you come out in the right place. That is what we are looking at.”

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