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GP Week : Issue 31
>>F1 INSIGHT So how does Tilke GmbH go about designing a racing circuit? “In total we now have 250 engineers and architects but when we start a project we start with eight or nine engineers and architects to develop it, to create those first ideas, to create the masterplan, and so it starts,”he divulges. “We visit the site and look very carefully at all the things; the topography, the spirit of the site, the technical things, where the main traffic is coming from, how it is in regard of the sun, which way it faces… North or South or East or West or whatever. We look to the ground, the soil … everything! And then we start. We take everything home and then we start to create some ideas together in the team.” Now most of us, be we the occasional viewer or the died-in-the-wool bobble hat wearing über fan, have at one point or another in our lives scribbled down a design ourselves. Be it a school maths book or a notepad on a tedious day at work, most of us have squiggled down something which we’ve turned into our own notion of a pretty awesome race track. But Hermann explains it’s not as simple as just letting one’s mind wonder. There’s an awful lot of technicality that goes into track design. “Of course you cannot make your mind free of your own experience and you cannot make your mind free of other circuits,”he says. “I know many circuits and my people know a lot, and so we work on it. You don’t wake up in the morning and say OK that’s it. Maybe you have some features in your mind that you want to include, but it’s not always possible and it depends on the land and a lot of other things. “But you have some things in your mind that you want realise and then the next step is, if its for Formula 1, to discuss with people from Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone and so on, and he brings his experience, and it develops from the first idea. It changes, then we change again [laughs hard] and it is a long developing process.” The complications inherent with the design of a racing circuit are further increased when Tilke is tasked with creating a street circuit. His recent offering in Valencia met with much condemnation for the ultimate show, but ironically the recent success in Singapore also had its roots with Tilke. While it may not have been his company which held the ultimate responsibility for the creation of the track, the initial circuit design was 27