Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
57 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
80 days
09 May
Next event in
98 days
23 May
Race in
115 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
129 days
13 Jun
Race in
137 days
27 Jun
Race in
150 days
04 Jul
Next event in
154 days
18 Jul
Race in
171 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
185 days
29 Aug
Race in
213 days
05 Sep
Race in
220 days
12 Sep
Race in
227 days
26 Sep
Race in
241 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
245 days
10 Oct
Race in
255 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
270 days
31 Oct
Race in
277 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
297 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
311 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
318 days

Adding camber would help "boring" Abu Dhabi GP - Ocon

shares
comments
Adding camber would help "boring" Abu Dhabi GP - Ocon
By:
Co-author: Luke Smith

Renault Formula 1 driver Esteban Ocon believes adding cambered corners to Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit would help improve the quality of the racing, which was below par in last weekend's season finale.

While the Yas Marina Circuit boasts state-of-the-art facilities, its actual layout has been subject to a lot of criticism over the years.

In 2010 Fernando Alonso famously lost the world title to Sebastian Vettel partly because he was unable to overtake the much slower Renault of Vitaly Petrov in his Ferrari.

In subsequent years the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has never managed to deliver an exciting spectacle to bring the season to a fitting close.

This year's season finale delivered another lacklustre race, which prompted criticism from the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, who said the circuit should "play around with the layouts".

Ricciardo's Renault teammate Esteban Ocon puts down the lack of action to the number of off-cambered corners at the venue.

When asked by Motorsport.com, Ocon believes adding positive camber to the 5.5 kilometre layout would be a big help for the drivers to race each other more closely.

"I heard it was pretty boring," Ocon said. "It was very tough to overtake, that’s very clear, quite difficult to follow into the last sector.

"[With] all the low speed, off-camber [corners] you really need the grip of the car. That’s the key to passing there.

"I think for sure having a bit more camber in the corners would help, because they are all off-camber, so you really slide.

"Obviously it’s a challenge, but it’s not nice for following another car, it makes it tricky. I’m pretty sure we could do things better, but it requires work."

Read Also:

Further proof to back up Ocon's claims can be found in September's Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello.

The revered motorcycle track had never hosted an F1 race before and its fast-flowing layout prompted fears that the race would become a procession.

However, Mugello's banked corners allowed drivers to take different lines, which produced one of the more action-packed races on the improvised 2020 calendar.

“I don't know why F1 went away from cambered corners in the new philosophy of tracks," McLaren's Carlos Sainz said at the time.“If you see Abu Dhabi, Russia, you see off-cambered corners that create pretty boring racing. Here you see these big cambers that allow drivers to take different lines in the corners.

"It allows everyone to just offset the car aerodynamically to the car in front, and it creates a much better show, and much better racing."

Related video

Wolff feels "committed for life" to Mercedes’ Formula 1 team

Previous article

Wolff feels "committed for life" to Mercedes’ Formula 1 team

Next article

Hamilton receives UK’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Hamilton receives UK’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Filip Cleeren