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To me turn 1 is not a substitute for "Abbey" and Turn 15 is definitely
not a suitable substitute for the mighty "Stowe" corner and the thrilling
"Maggotts, Becketts, Chapel" can have no substitute. Or am I the only
bloke who can't remember which bloody corner turn x is? Names are so much
easier to remember and apart from that aspect names incite passion and
excitement so much more than boring bloody numbers. Anyone agree? or are
numbers better in this digital age? Hopefully I'll get some sane responses.
Quite surprised by this as I had you down as someone more interested in the
technical side of F1: strategy, tyre selection etc rather than, like me, an
out and out romantic who loves the mano-a-mano, gladiatorial side of the
sport. As such I thought you might welcome the (perhaps) more logical use
of numbered corners. Nevertheless I entirely agree with you. To talk about
“Turn 13” at Spa would mean nothing to me but mention “Pouhon” and I can
immediately visualize that wonderful, double-apex left hander.
Of course modern aerodynamics have reduced the challenge of many of these
legendary corners - Eau Rouge, for example, is now taken flat - and there
has been a tendency to insert chicanes which ruin the flow into fast
corners (e.g. at Barcelona). I suppose that even what was probably the most
feared (with much justification) corner on any circuit, anywhere, the Masta
Kink, would be a doddle for modern F1 cars.
I wonder how today’s cars would manage the Flugplatz though?