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Banked corner at Zandvoort to be steeper than Indianapolis

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24/11/2019

Though there remain a number of issues yet to be resolved in terms of next year's return to the F1 calendar, work on the Zandvoort circuit in preparation for the event continues.

Though a number of drivers are sceptical about the quality of racing the seaside track will produce, organisers, keen to build on the increasing popularity of Max Verstappen are seeking to prove them wrong.

Indeed, Zandvoort CEO, Robert van Overdijk has revealed that the banked final corner will be steeper than the turns at Indianapolis.

"That corner will for sure be the most spectacular part of our renewed circuit," he told Dutch station BNR Nieuwsradio. "The corner will be banked 32 percent, so the difference in height from the bottom of the corner to the top will be around 4.5 metres. That's considerable.

"We are in fact making an American corner on an otherwise European circuit," he added. "That is absolutely unique.

"The third corner of the track will be banked as well for the F1 race," he revealed. "It will be made parabolic, so that two cars can get through the corner next to each other and more importantly at the same speed. The banking will vary between 8 and 18 percent for that purpose."

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1. Posted by RobertC, 29/11/2019 0:47

"I'm always amazed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway being described as a "high speed banked oval". The banking on the four corners is a maximum of 9 degrees and 12 minutes. There are country roads with steeper banking than that. Certainly the banked ovals used for NASCAR racing have much steeper banking, as did Monza, Montlhery and Avus not to mention Brooklands.
I am still mystified by the tyre problems in 2005. As I said above, the "banking" shouldn't have been a problem, but the sustained high speed cornering might have been. I imagine Michelin were not willing to admit they got it wrong and seized upon the "banking" as a convenient excuse. Most F1 enthusiasts would not know just how shallow the Indianapolis banking is."

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2. Posted by Mambo, 24/11/2019 19:22

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'...the banked final corner will be steeper than the turns at Indianapolis.' I just hope the organisers have asked Pirelli if this is okay – remember the 2005 USA GP when Michelin declared their tyres to be unsuitable for the running on the banking at Indy?

It ended with a race between the six Bridgestone runners as all seven Michelin shod teams withdrew after the formation lap 'on tyre-related safety grounds'.

Imagine the fuss if all ten teams have to withdraw after the formation lap this time round."

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