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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:49 pm 
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With a Dutch Grand Prix looking more and more likely for 2020 - https://www.motorsportweek.com/news/id/22297

What do forumites think of having F1 racing Zandvoort again? I think it's a track that flows beautifully but am worried they would need to ruin it for F1. There is also the issue of overtaking which doesn't bother me but I'm sure the lack of it would bother many. That being said we all thought that about Paul Ricard...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:47 pm 
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If you look at how small the track has become, I think it may suffer from the same problems the Hungaroring is known for. If there is no problem adding all the silly run-off areas, then perhaps they might even get permission to enlarge the track again. But I'm not hopeful, and even in 1985 Prost couldn't get past a perfectly defending Lauda. However, that problem might be solved by artificial DRS overtakes.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:52 pm 
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Fiki wrote:
If you look at how small the track has become, I think it may suffer from the same problems the Hungaroring is known for. If there is no problem adding all the silly run-off areas, then perhaps they might even get permission to enlarge the track again. But I'm not hopeful, and even in 1985 Prost couldn't get past a perfectly defending Lauda. However, that problem might be solved by artificial DRS overtakes.


I think the Hungaroring has produced a lot of good races in different times. My main concern is that I look at some corners and I just can't see them letting F1 cars race around it without increasing the run off and there is no space to increase the run off.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:10 am 
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I wouldn't mind seeing Zandvoort back on the calendar. It's a good layout (although they might have to change it somewhat to bring it up to current regulations), it's got history, and it's in a location that makes good sense to have a race. I would, in fact, much prefer it to seeing a street race in Miami; if one of those two projects goes through, I hope it's Zandvoort.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:04 am 
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Fiki wrote:
If you look at how small the track has become, I think it may suffer from the same problems the Hungaroring is known for. If there is no problem adding all the silly run-off areas, then perhaps they might even get permission to enlarge the track again. But I'm not hopeful, and even in 1985 Prost couldn't get past a perfectly defending Lauda. However, that problem might be solved by artificial DRS overtakes.


Surely you mean Prost couldn't get past a poorly defending Lauda right? Because if he was perfectly defending then of course it shouldn't have been possible to be passed, whether it be around Zandvoort or even on a hypothetical track that is super conducive for overtakes.

My point is stemming mainly from the notion that if a driver can defend perfectly yet they still get passed, then this isn't real racing is it? For example many of the overly easy DRS overtakes that we see, where the defender is often a mere spectator in the passing maneuver; this is not real racing and is why purists don't like it.


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