Unable to erase the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix from either history or the minds of the sleepers, organisers of the opening race for the 2011 Formula 1 season have decided to rub out the track extension. Well, sort off.
While the original the original Grand Prix layout may not have been hugely popular, it was certainly far better received than the awful addition for this season’s opener.
The extension had already been there and had partially been used by other forms of racing as the circuit extended beyond the Grand Prix perimeter.
However when Formula 1 cars attacked it, it only served to spread the cars out through its seemingly endless twists and turns.
Such backtracks are incredibly rare in motorsports and I honestly cannot remember when this last occurred at a level such as Formula 1 (although I’m pretty certain it happened at some stage in the 80’s).
Hopefully, the quality of racing will improve to help us celebrate this little change. Next year’s Bahrain Grand Prix will be the first of twenty races in 2011.