[Auto House Race] In recent years, F1 has expanded at a faster rate worldwide. Since China and Bahrain joined the F1 family in 2004, Turkey, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, South Korea, India, and the United States have built new circuits almost every year. However, in stark contrast to Singapore’s urban convenience and Abu Dhabi’s desert luxury, South Korea’s Lingyan Circuit, India’s Buddha Circuit and America’s Austin Circuit have staged farce and embarrassment one after another.
1. Austin Speedway, USA
Condition keywords: funding is difficult to get in place, construction was suspended for a while
In May 2010, F1 head Bernie Ecclestone announced that the United States Grand Prix would return to F1. The venue will be set in Austin, the capital of Texas. In order to meet this racing event, Austin is preparing to build a new track. However, the construction of the new track was not only seriously lagging behind, it even stopped for a while. Disputes and lawsuits from the government, taxpayers, event promoters, track builders, etc. have never stopped.
The F1 American Grand Prix has signed a 10-year contract with FOM (F1 Management Company), and the commission fee is 25 million US dollars per year. The local government approved the $250 million budget, but it caused two problems. On the one hand, it comes from taxpayers who strongly oppose the use of the funds for holding F1 competitions. The taxpayers believe that “the promoters of the F1 American Grand Prix illegally looted public funds, and the local public education system does not receive sufficient funding”, but the government does not No change in decision. On the other hand, the former promoter FTP company hopes to receive government funding as soon as possible, but the government stated that it can only pay after the competition is successfully held and tax has been contributed.
Afterwards, complicated contract disputes led to disagreements between the event promoter and the track builder. The construction of the Austin Circuit was forced to stop, and the FTP company also lost the previous contract due to breach of contract. In the end, the track builder America Speedway Company became the new promoter. They paid the contracting fee to FOM and got a new contract, and the track construction was resumed immediately. However, in March 2012, the American Speedway Company was sued by the FTP company again, and the F1 American Grand Prix was once again in dispute. Whether the new track can be built before the start of the race on November 18 this year is still unknown.
●The process of F1 hosting by the United States may be blocked due to track construction disputes
2. India Buddha Circuit
Condition keywords: dysentery, animals, power failure, dust
At the end of October 2011, India successfully hosted the first F1 Grand Prix. Of course, the new Buddha circuit still has a lot of details that need to be strengthened. When the F1 team just arrived at the stadium, three teams found that there were local residents living in their office area, until the organizers came forward to coordinate, these talents moved away slowly.
The day before the practice match, there were actually 6 power stops in the stadium. The first two stopped for an hour and a half and half an hour respectively. Another time was a power outage at a press conference, and the driver had to speak with his throat. At the same time, not only bats flew into the media center in the arena, but there were also stray dogs running on the track during practice matches. The competition had to show a red flag to suspend the game and urgently send staff to the track to catch dogs.
Another focus of the race weekend was food concerns. Although precautions have been taken, some team members still fell ill due to unsuitable food. According to the McLaren team, four of them fell down when they were at most, and the team was helpless to use backup personnel and had two substitutes rushed from the UK to India.
In addition, the entire game was plagued by dust. The main work of the Buddha track was not completed until the race was approaching. Due to the accumulation of a lot of engineering dust, the grip on the track surface was not ideal. When the car passes through the edge of the track, dust will be picked up. In addition to affecting the driver, the dust also makes the surrounding area of the track gray and affects the viewing effect.
●There are many problems in the initial stage. F1 is still the right decision to hold in India
3. South Korea Yeongam Circuit
Condition keywords: unprecedented F1 farce
In October 2010, South Korea hosted a terrible Grand Prix, which was an unprecedented F1 farce. First of all, accommodation is the biggest problem. As South Korea’s Yeongam circuit was built in a rush, there was no time to build a hotel around the track, so the team staff and the media had to live awkwardly in the nearby Love Hotel. . What is even more unacceptable is that when everyone goes out to work during the day, some innkeepers even rent their rooms to couples for short periods.
The problem of the track itself is also very serious. After the practice race in Korea, the driver suggested that the retaining wall at the exit of Turn 16 was too close to the track and lacked cushioning. The Korean side had to stay up late for rectification, and finally the retaining wall was moved parallel to the track. Location. In addition to corners, the entrances and exits of the maintenance area, as well as some curbs, have also been questioned.
The house leak happened to rain overnight, and it happened to rain on a track that was already full of hidden dangers. As the drainage system of this new track is operating very poorly, even after a sufficient time-out is given, the track still cannot absorb the stagnant water. At this time, the South Korean side dispatched three water sweepers and the staff to manually drain the water, but the water accumulation on the track was still serious. After nearly an hour of waiting, the race will decide to use the unique aerodynamic characteristics of the F1 car to sweep the water. So 24 F1 cars were put on the road again under the leadership of the safety car. Before the track reached the conditions for the race, the safety car led 17 laps on the track and barely achieved the goal of draining water.
The originally scheduled two-hour race finally dragged on for more than three hours. At the end of the race, the visibility of the track was already very low, and even if the track lights were turned on, the car in front could not be seen clearly. Less than 30 minutes after the end of the game, night has completely enveloped the arena. When Ferrari driver Alonso reached the top podium, the organizers who expected the race to end during the day did not even have time to prepare brighter night lights. In the end, the award ceremony was barely completed under the temporary lighting.
●House leaks happen to rain overnight in South Korea's first F1 exposure problems
The Austin circuit in the United States, the Buddha circuit in India, and the Lingyan circuit in South Korea are among the new circuits built in recent years. However, in addition to them, there are also some circuits that have been used for many years with outdated or poorly maintained facilities. The problem, in addition, the Bahrain Circuit cannot host the Grand Prix due to political influence. Please continue reading below.
4. Shanghai Circuit, China
Condition Keywords: Settlement
The main track of the Shanghai International Circuit is in the shape of “上”, which is taken from the word “Shanghai” in the place name. 2012 will be the ninth time that the Shanghai International Circuit will host an F1 race. In the past eight years, this track has staged many exciting scenes and seven different drivers have won the championship here.
The Shanghai Circuit started to host the F1 Chinese Grand Prix in 2004. In 2011, the asphalt pavement and some corners that had been used for 7 years had settlement problems. In particular, the No. 1, No. 8 and No. 14 corners have uneven settlement and road wear. Therefore, after the first seven-year contract expires, the FIA requires the track to be repaired. The track maintenance involved an area of 6,100 square meters, including 4 bends and 800 square meters of buffer zone inspection and asphalt paving. After improvement, in March 2011, the Shanghai International Circuit F1 track passed the FIA inspection again and obtained a 3-year venue license.
●After the repair work is completed, the “Shang” track has been certified for another three years
5. British Silverstone Circuit
Condition keywords: obsolete facilities
The Silverstone Circuit was the venue of the first F1 race in 1950, so it has irreplaceable significance. In the 21st century, modern circuits with luxurious equipment have emerged one after another. In contrast, the traditional Silverstone circuit is more outdated. F1 head Bernie even wanted to change the venue of the British station. Eventually, the British Drivers Club, the owner of the Silverstone track, reached an agreement with the F1 management company to renovate the track. In May 2011, the newly renovated Silverstone Circuit was officially unveiled. The new maintenance area and the paddock building make the ancient Silverstone re-ranking to the world's first-class circuit, and also provide a guarantee for the long-term F1 Grand Prix held here in the future.
●The new F1 Silverstone track will be unveiled on May 17
6. Bahrain Circuit
Condition keywords: political turmoil
Bahrain was unable to host an F1 race, not because of problems with the track itself, but because of political reasons. In 2011, Bahrain originally planned to hold the F1 opening station on March 13. As a result, due to the ongoing political conflict in the country, the race was forced to be stranded. F1 head Bernie subsequently planned to change the race to be held at the end of the year, but the situation did not substantially improve, and the team and drivers jointly opposed it and ended in failure. Now that the situation in Bahrain has not calmed down after a year, the demonstrations and protests have not stopped, and the scale has been expanding and escalating in recent times. It seems that the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix on April 22 this year still cannot be held.
●Human rights organizations call for the boycott of F1 in Bahrain to be cancelled again
Summary: F1 is a racing sport that originated in Europe, but in the 20 races of the 2012 season, there were 8 races held in Europe and Asia, and the remaining 4 races were held in the Americas and Oceania. From the perspective of the number of races, Asia has gone hand in hand with Europe, but from the perspective of racing history and culture, most Asian countries are still in their infancy. F1's expansion rate is so fast, the problems caused by it have also emerged. In recent years, there have been too many problems in the emerging race track, making this world's highest-level automotive event also face embarrassment.