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GP Week : Issue 25
Short Straights IT may not have provided the most exciting race in history, but the Circuito Urbano Valenciana was a hit with the F1 paddock. “A big compliment to the organisers of the event for such a good first race,” said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Thiessen. “The atmosphere in the city and at the circuit around the harbour is just fantastic. From now on Valencia will be one of the season’s highlights.” “I like driving this track,”said reigning n Bridgestone celebrated its 200th Formula 1 race at the European Grand Prix in Valencia. Bridgestone entered Formula 1 in 1997 and exists today as sole tyre manufacturer in Formula 1 and its feeder category GP2. Special gold tyres were made to celebrate the milestone, which were signed by the F1 grid. n The F1 circus arrived in Valencia to the tragic news of the Madrid air disaster. With Spain observing three days of mourning, the national flag flew at half mast for almost the entire weekend. Fernando Alonso rallied his fellow drivers and all carried the Spanish flag on their helmets in the race as a mark of respect. A minute’s silence was also observed on the grid. n Valencia’s street track came in for an early scare. The swing bridge caused a bit of a fuss when it was discovered that it was slightly higher than the track, and fears of punctured tyres were raised. Thankfully these were never realised. world champion Kimi Raikkonen. “It is different to other street circuits we have known. When I walked the track I thought it would be fun and [driving it] confirmed that impression.” The circuit’s design had come under fire early on in the weekend after it was discovered that the swing bridge was at a higher level than the track surface, but after inspection by the FIA it was determined that no danger of punctures existed, and this was proved throughout the weekend. There were also a number of operational aspects as an intruder made his way onto the circuit and taunted police at the start of Friday’s second practice session, while the layout of the paddocks and infrequent nature of connecting shuttles made working in the Valencia circuit overly complicated. Photography points also had to be hastily amended after it was deemed that those which had initially been chosen had been put in unworkable positions. The track’s general manager Carlos Moreno told GPWeek that he was happy with how the weekend had panned out, but admitted there was more to come from the track. “I think the result is fantastic and the citizens of Valencia, the F1 teams and the media have been happy. This year we have been at 95 percent of our capability and next year will be even better.” As with any new venture, there were always expected to be a few small niggles. But the over-riding view after the first race in Valencia is that Formula 1 has found itself a promising new home. New track pro ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience