Real F1

When it finally arrived Valencia was a better race this year than last, but that’s not saying much.

At least it looked slightly better on screen this time. I was in Valencia (for my sins) for last year’s race, and couldn’t believe how lacking in atmosphere the area around the course was. I fear the Valencia street circuit will always owe more to those dodgy temporary IndyCar street circuits than it will to Monaco.

But now we go from the lame to the sublime, as we arrive in Spa on what is so far at least a sunny late summer weekend. Spa, like Monza, has a hallowed feel, steeped in history, which cannot be replicated by any amount of architectural flair at a new circuit.

The fact that we can all remember countless Spa races from our earliest days watching the sport counts for a lot. I will be sitting back with a few cold beers to watch every second of this, I think we’re in for a treat.

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