Would you believe me if the headline image was of Hockenheimring? No, well how about this...
The first and second variation of Hockenheimring.
Yes, that track in the headline image is Hockenheimring from 1932-1964 with a variation of the bold course arriving in 1937. These two don't exist anymore. This is what I hate. Tracks are changed and their heritage has gone. It's not only Hockenheimring that's guilty, there are loads. It seriously annoys me, does this. So here I am ranting.
1. Slight Changes
The Modern Imola
The original Imola.
Minor changes to courses like Imola are actually very cool and give a new experience to an existing shape. Especially in Imola's case, it is definitely fine to change a track to save people's lives after somebody has died (the legendary Aryton Senna.)
2. Keeping old areas
The Modern Le Mans.
1920's Le Mans. The blue signifies the cut-off where the new circuit is. It did not exist at the time.
Here's Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe. In 1920. A lot of it still exists. Nearly 100 percent. After the blue line it mostly still exists as a road. So does Courbe du Buisson to Maison Blanche. It now has two esses separating them but the 20's Le Mans still exists as a road.
The Modern Monza
The old 1930 Monza.
Monza has barely changed from 1930-2020. Chicanes have been added and the permanent seconda variante inhibits it but where the old corner went is not grass but tarmac. However, the people at Monza wanted to destroy the oval circuit. Here's why I love the Italians. They actually said no and forced them to keep it.
4. The destruction of history
Apologies for the crap drawing. I tried with the resources I had. The bold blue shows the second circuit, red shows circuit one and the fine blue shows the modern track.
Welcome to the 'triggered' section. This is Hockenheimring. 1930-1964 in red. 1937-2002 in heavy blue and 2002-present. Here's a new image showing the remainder of the oldset track.
The Yellow shows missing track.
Section 1: Removed as it was permanent track Section 2: Exists as crumbling tarmac for logging Section 3: Built over for a highway Section 4: Removed for parking/viewing
There was even more removed in 2002 but it hurts too much. They could have easily and happily left it but no. The car world is always placed 2nd. It annoys me so much that they don't keep these. It is easy to bulid around them or as we've seen in Le Mans, keep them for road use and historic events. Last thing to add, Hockenheimring was changed in 2002 because they couldn't place grandstands at the fast section. So, it was changed for greed and views and the development nearly sunk the track into bankruptcy. Anyway, that's my take on the subject. What's yours?
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5. More guilty tracks
Old Spa in red, new spa in blue.
An entirely different part of the Nurburgrining was nearly fully destroyed to make way for the GP circuit F1 drivers go aro-und today. It was called the Sudschleife and was as good as the Nordschleife.
Silverstone used to be the outline of the airfield but now a lot of it has gone now.