I really do not understand FOM's obsession with street circuits, it seems that every new or potential track nowadays is one, and more often than not they are Valencia clones. We need a range of circuits that hopefully can bring something unique, I love that we have a season that includes Silverstone, Spa and Singapore, F1 racing in the fields, the trees and the buildings
It's not that bad when you think about it though; if you look at the 2022 calendar:
PERMANENT CIRCUITS (CLASSIC)
Imola, Barcelona, Silverstone, Red Bull Ring, Hungaroring, Spa, Zandvoort, Monza, Suzuka, Mexico City, Interlagos
PERMANENT CIRCUITS (MODERN)
Bahrain, Paul Ricard, Sochi, Austin, Abu Dhabi
TEMPORARY PARK CIRCUITS
Melbourne, Miami, Montreal,
TEMPORARY STREET CIRCUITS
Jeddah, Monaco, Baku, Singapore,
So actually only 4 of the 23 races are bona fide street circuits, and if you include the park circuits then that is still less than a third.
I think overall there is a good balance at the moment.
But yes I agree, if we get to 50% of the calendar being temporary tracks in the future, then that is probably too much. I don't mind too much if it's modern circuits dropping out for them though (I really don't miss Shanghai at the moment, for example) - but if we lose the likes of Interlagos or Spa for these tracks, it would be sad indeed.
Edited by JimmyClark, 25 November 2021 - 13:53.