‘Old, shabby’ Silverstone and Monza urged to upgrade

Henry Valantine
The start of the British Grand Prix. Silverstone July 2021.

Kimi Raikkonen goes past the camera at the start of the British GP. Silverstone July 2021.

With plenty of new candidates to host races, Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi thinks the likes of Silverstone and Monza must keep their infrastructure modern to retain places on the calendar.

Rossi praised the infrastructure in place at the newer circuits on the schedule, highlighting the ones in the Middle East in particular – and with F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali claiming the interest in the sport means they could hold a 30-race season if they had any desire to, there is pressure at ‘traditional’ circuits to keep up.

The Alpine boss said as much as he enjoys spending time at two of Formula 1’s most famous and historic circuits, the rate at which new circuits develop mean they have to keep up to ensure they stay relevant and fit for purpose in modern Formula 1.

“I personally think it’s setting the bar high, in terms of infrastructure [and it] makes some venerable, amazing tracks look a bit old and shabby,” Rossi told reporters, quoted by GPFans.

Charles Leclerc with Monza fans. Italy September 2021.
Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc puts in the laps in front of fans in the grandstands. Italy September 2021.

“Especially when you are in Abu Dhabi, it’s all perfect, it’s very nice and they are making the right modifications on the track. I think Abu Dhabi now is much better than it used to be. The drivers certainly like it.

“Perhaps in Saudi, they went a bit too far because there are high speeds [for a street circuit] so they need to do a bit of…in F2, as well as F1, it benefited us, Alpine, most times. F1 we managed to get away from the crashes – there were probably too many crashes.

“That said, I like the take on new tracks, interesting designs and amazing infrastructure. For me, it’s an interesting way of stretching everyone back in the old continent (Europe) to not sleep on your own laurels.

“It’s great to be at Monza and Silverstone and I love those races very much, but you need to stay on top of your game because the others will probably build…

“I guess Miami will try and do the same. They have built something to make sure that if you fall asleep, they will get the spot.”


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A record 23-race schedule is in place for the coming season, with the provision in the teams’ current Concorde Agreement to race as many as 25 times per season.


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