Actually Magny-Cours was designed by this approach. The corner names (Adelaide, Estoril, Imola) are direct references to the tracks the corresponding corner was taken from. Turns out the result was not the best track overtaking or spectacle-wiseSiLo wrote:Anyone fancy mocking up a circuit of the best parts from some tracks throughout the calendar? If so, I submit Eau Rouge, Pouhon, Malaysia 1st turn after the Istanbul straight and Parabolica. Anyone care to add to that?
Most corners are brilliant because they are in the right context, and the context evolves as the time passes. You may read how drivers consider Eau-Rouge "easy" now (that may hopefully change this year) and the Pouhon is more exciting. However, if the entry speed is too low, Pouhon would be boring, and if it is too high, the drivers will have normal braking and that will change the character of the corner too. Turns 1-3 in Sepang work as brilliantly because of the elevation changes troughout, and the open line to the 4-5. Also, if a particularly exciting corner is taken from what is a low-DF circuit and pasted into a circuit which turns out to be high-DF, it will not be as much of a challenge.
IMO if only one corner is taken out, chances are it will be just that -- "a corner" with no character.
I think it is not needed to reinvent same corners again. I think it is possible today to generate a few possible layouts on a given terrain and test them on a decent simulator to produce a general idea of how track turns out and possibly make some corrections to the design.