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GP Week : Issue 21
Building Site: There are still some cranes around the circuit, such as this one pictured near the BMW Oracle building, main image. There is more than bitumen to a racetrack, such as the media centre, left. Valencia, as the track is very close to his Campos GP2 team’s base. Petrov was not as enthusiastic as his gridmates but he also thought that Valencia was “a good circuit. There are too many parts in which it will be very difficult to find the appropriate brake point”. Pastor Maldonado, driving a Dodge Viper, in the same team as Conway and Tung, was especially happy with this circuit. “It looks like an American track … but wider!” he smiled. “I think it was really important to come here this weekend because it’s a really challenging track and very difficult to learn the right line. Every lap I was learning a new thing. The last corner is the most challenging point of the circuit. We will really enjoy it!” So, the first race weekend has come and gone, and the drivers are all agreed. The new street circuit in Valencia is set to be a huge challenge. Fast, wide and technical, it should allow overtaking and a fantastic race in GP2 and, of course, in F1. Has Ecclestone found his Monaco for the 21st Century? Only time will tell. But with a stunning backdrop, a bustling and exciting city as host, and a pretty sensational track as its foundation, the Valencia Grand Prix may just be everything that he, and we, have been hoping for. 26