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Just a thought: Paris Grand Prix?

A few days back, I said that I would be going off to Paris for a few days. User pickle92 suggested that I keep a look out for ideas for the new French GP while I was there. At first, it didn’t seem like it could be done, having a Paris GP, but I noticed a few things while I was there. Just be aware that this is all my personal musings and nothing near what will ever be planned for an F1 circuit…

We were on buses a lot of the time, and I found out that many of the boulevards are certainly wide enough for an F1 circuit. At the moment, nowhere near flat enough, but this can be changed. It turns out that many of the roads in Paris in the 19th century were widened by Napoleon the 3rd, to prevent assasination attempts on his carriage. The roads have changed little since, so they are probably wide enough.

One of these examples is the Rue de la Vilette, about 2 miles away from the Champs Elysées, and just inside the Boulevard Périphérique. The current road is lined with trees on either side, so it’s not lacking in terms of scenery. Now, of course, safety regulations would mean that this would have to be adjusted a bit to make it safer, but it may still be a scenic straight to race on.

Also, my design would incorporate the Rue de Flandres. Now, I’ll be honest, it’s not the best place to be! However, the tree lining is still in place for part of the straight. Also, afterwards, the circuit would move onto a small section of the Boulevard Périphérique. The corner connecting the two is similar to the Curva Parabolica, except a bit sharper in turn-in. After a short straight, it would branch off into the Parc de la Butte Rouge, which would feature a long chicane, to slow the cars after the two straights. The track would then turn quickly right, then a slow 90 degree right corner, leading onto the longest straight (1.4 miles), on the Rue de Belleville.

After this, there would be a hard braking zone, another 90 degree right, as an overtaking opportunty. The circuit would then rejoin the Rue de la Vilette, where there would be two right jinks before rejoining the Rue de la Flandres.

I’ve already stated that this is nowhere near a properly planned F1 circuit, but since I was in Paris, I decided I might as well give it a try. There are many obvious problems with this design though. Grandstands would be impossible to place, for example. Also, as Paris goes, there are more glamorous places to go. Still, I was staying in that area, and I figured I might as well incorporate the place into the design.

The map of the circuit is availble at http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3468133. It’s just my plans laid out on Google Maps, but let me know what you think anyways. If you have any designs for circuits yourselves on gmap-pedometer, post the link here and we can all compare.

Picture of my design:

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