I think Shanghai owners have to give away tickets because you have to build a fan base and that takes some time. China has few cars per person
, so I don't know how closely they follow Formula One, compared with other sports.
I have the impression, after looking for many tracks websites, that the more active countries in Formula One have more active sites, while many "web-absent" tracks rely more on an official involvement, that is, government agencies building and helping to mantain a track by impulse of a local automobile club.
Maybe if you want to build tracks as a big long term capital investment, you have to use government agencies, that is, FOM has replaced the role of the Road Club, and maybe FOM is using that point in a legitimate way.
Frankly, I don't know how can you end with a 200 million facility design, given than perhaps less than 5% of that amount can be devoted to build an super-hyper excellent 5 km road, but try to get financing for that!
However, you can imagine that new projects are more an international class hotel that happens to have a Formula One track than a track of old like Nordschliefe.
That is something FOM is using. As a road builder, that it's interesting. Good or bad, boring or entertaining, I think we're living in an age of new design for tracks. Surely we can learn something from them, even if some of the old tracks are abandoned.
For example, I like the curve number one at China, I confess. I also like the curve before the backstretch. They are hard on drivers and entertaining to watch.
When you try to estimate the width of the path of the cars in a curve
I end imagining that this kind of curves have a more wide one, which "proves" to me that they're harder to take or that they offer more lines.Sepang Circular curve, narrow race lineSepang Spiral curve, wide race line at the exit
I confess I was puzzled by some of the new designs for run off areas. Piqued by that, I ended thinking that "losing the rear end seems more common of what I've been taught.
For example, check the path of the skid marks at the exit of curve seven in Catalunya: modern tracks don't have an exit barrier so close to the track on the left
of a left-hand curve exit. Put yourselves in place of the drivers who made those marks; notice how they continue from the asphalt into the grass and the barrier. I think there are at least 10 of them.I imagine that the skid marks on this track shows that distance to the barrier on the left is too short
This means to me that the new programs for predicting the envolvent of the trajectories are better than conventional design and that you can learn something from them. I could show more examples, but I don't want to go on forever.
Yes, I know that sounds too rational. Maybe we can put it in this way: few people appreciated the technical improvements of XIII century cathedrals while they were built.
Time had to pass for us to appreciate them.