The operators of the Cirque de Catalunya intend to offer Formula 1 the option of bypassing the slower chicane at the end of a lap for future races.
The chicane was added to the circuit in 2007 as a safety feature, crossing two fast right-handers that ended the previous lap. It also delayed the earlier right-hand turn 13, while adding a tight right-left at turns 14 and 15.
However, some drivers believe that avoiding the chicane improves the chances of passing. George Russell told RaceFans last year that it would be “an easy fix for a poor circuit”. Spanish F1 driver Carlos Sainz has said he wants to test the position without Jenner.
Currently, the only version of the Circuit de Catalunya licensed for FIA level one includes a chicane. The FIA has considered the possibility of removing the chicane and the subject was discussed during track inspections ahead of the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.
The track’s operators have confirmed to race fans that they intend to ask the FIA to provide two identical layouts at the Montmelo circuit, one with a chicane and one without, so racegoers can choose which version to choose. To ensure that the final sector can be run safely without the chicane, some minor reinforcements will be made to the existing safety features on laps 13 and 16.
Work has begun on a turn-by-turn expansion into the gravel trap, which is expected to be completed by the end of March. The total area of the race will increase from 5,200 square meters to 7,200. The total gravel area will increase from 3,100 square meters to 5,100.
The renovation will require cutting down some trees. These will be replaced by new trees planted in the district and in the area.
The last change to the circuit layout was made in 2021 and included a reversal of the previous change. In the year In 2004, the strengthened 10 turn was made with a fast turn similar to the original shape in an attempt to improve the chances.
A small number of circuits have FIA primary licenses for multiple layouts, although none currently host F1 races. They are Paul Ricard in France (five versions), Motorland Aragon in Spain (three) and Dubai Autodrome in the United Arab Emirates (two). The Bahrain International Circuit will host two Grands Prix in 2020 at different locations.
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