2006 United States Grand Prix

What a dull race! James Allen was as usual trying his best to make out that it was the most amazing spectacle ever, but it wasn’t. Apart from all the incidents at the start and an overtaking move for 9th place (don’t get too excited now!) towards the end, absolutely nothing happened apart from Alonso having a bit of a wiggly rear end.

I don’t think I can recall there ever being a good F1 race at the ridiculous Indianapolis circuit. In a way it is offensive to both US open-wheel racing and European-based Grand Prix racing. The authorities hang on to it because of some kind of romantic notion that it would be really great to have the world’s greatest motor racing series taking place at the so-called world US capital of motor sport. But it really is like bashing a square peg into a round hole.

The circuit, with its ‘Micky Mouse’ twisty infield section which looks as though it was made up as they went along, is unpopular. The racing has not set the world alight. And the safety problems have at times been too much, what with the tyre issues last year and Ralf Schumacher’s huge shunt in 2004.

By all means, a Formula 1 race should take place in the USA. But at the end of the contract with Indianapolis, it is time for everybody to stand back and really ask themselves how much of a success the past seven years have been. Any level-headed person will say that it has not been a success. It is time to move the US Grand Prix elsewhere.

At least the fans weren’t booing today. They were happy with Michael Schumacher’s win, even if the race itself was coma-inducing. And at least the championship is that little bit closer now.

7 comments

  1. Move Indy? But where to? look where it’s been, Dallas, Pheonix, the car park at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Long Beach. I think they are stuck with the stupid thing

  2. You’d think with all the real estate that they’ve got that the US’d be able to generate a “proper” racing circuit – not that I bothered tuning in, since I’ve just not been able to “get” the F1 this season. Just too many people busy making excuses …

    … sounds like the England football team! (Sorry, I just couldn’t resist that one!) 😀

    I feel sorry for F1 fans in the US – they’re always going to be poor relatives of the NASCAR, Indy and all the “home grown” racing formats.

  3. You’d think with all the real estate that they’ve got that the US’d be able to generate a “proper” racing circuit…

    They’re too busy replicating the same oval all over the place. Turning right is just too hard to understand.

  4. Was it just me or when i flicked onto the GP all the stands were empty, and it looked liek there were about 7 fans!?

  5. Indianapolis always looks like that. I think they basically have seats all the way around the oval, so even a huge crowd (and I believe the crowds at the USGP actually are fairly large) can look quite sparse.

    My mum made the same point though. I guess that is another bad point about the Indy circuit — it doesn’t look good on television!

  6. Why not Road America? It needs upgrading of course but Elkhart lake could become the US equivalent of Spa. Indy is an embarassment, no US fan is gonna be impressed with 205mph on the straight and nowhere in the infield does justice to what F1 cars can do.

  7. Olly is correct. Road America is a fantastic four mile, 14 turn circuit. I have seen American LeMans, IMSA, Superbikes and CART at the track. I have never heard or read anything but praise of the the track from drivers. What it lacks are an enclosed paddock and the hospitality accomodations that the F1 elite require. I travelled to Watkins Glen in the 1970’s for the USGP. Another wonderful circuit, but suffers the same lack of facilities as RA. Phoeneix, Detroit, Las Vegas are of no interest.