Circuit de Catalunya searching for approval to run races with out chicane · RaceFans

The operators of the Circuit de Catalunya intend to supply Components 1 the choice of bypassing the gradual chicane on the finish of the lap for future races.

The chicane was added to the circuit in 2007 for security causes, interrupting the 2 fast right-handers which ended the lap beforehand. In addition to including a good right-left at turns 14 and 15, it slowed the previous right-hander flip 13.

Nevertheless some drivers imagine eradicating the chicane would enhance overtaking alternatives. George Russell instructed RaceFans final 12 months it might be “a straightforward repair to a circuit that’s fairly poor.” Spanish F1 driver Carlos Sainz Jnr has additionally mentioned he’s eager to attempt the format with out it.

At current the one model of the Circuit de Catalunya which has the FIA grade one licence obligatory to carry F1 races consists of the chicane. The FIA has seemed into the opportunity of eradicating the chicane and the topic was mentioned through the observe inspection forward of the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.

The observe’s operators confirmed to RaceFans they intend to ask the FIA to homologate two layouts on the Montmelo circuit, one with the chicane and one with out, so race promoters can choose which model they like. Some minor reinforcements of the prevailing security parts on the present turns 13 and 16 can be made so as to guarantee the ultimate sector will be raced safely with out the chicane.

An extension to the gravel lure at flip one is already below development and is predicted to be full by the tip of March. The entire space of the run-off will enhance from 5,200 sq. metres to 7,200. The entire gravel space will rise from 3,100 sq. metres to five,100.

The renovations would require some timber to be felled. These can be changed by new timber which can be planted throughout the circuit and surrounding space.

The final change to the circuit’s format was made in 2021 and in addition concerned reversing a earlier alteration. Flip 10, which had been tightened in 2004 in an try to enhance overtaking alternatives, was eased right into a quicker bend much like its unique form.

A small variety of circuits have FIA grade one licences for a number of layouts, although none of them at the moment host F1 races. They’re Paul Ricard in France (5 variations), Motorland Aragon in Spain (three) and Dubai Autodrome within the United Arab Emirates (two). The Bahrain Worldwide Circuit held two grands prix on totally different layouts in 2020.

Circuit de Catalunya track map, 2021
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