Organizers of the future Chicago GP are going against the trend set by Liberty Media and Formula 1: they are embracing the European style. The clear preference of Formula 1 for city circuits will once again be confirmed if the Chicago Grand Prix is officially announced.
Liberty Media has already registered the trademark for the race, which is expected to unfold around the Soldier Field Stadium.
However, the organizers seem to want to reverse the trend followed by recent circuits. Madrid, the latest city circuit to be officially confirmed, alternates between 90-degree stop-and-go turns and long straights.
Chicago, the organizers want a “Europeanized” GP
This is a trend that F1 seems to want to familiarize us with. But not in Chicago. The organizers of the U.S. race speak of a “Europeanized” GP, with characteristics more akin to circuits in the old continent.
In doing so, they are studying a project that combines a mix of medium and high-speed turns. The goal is to maximize overtaking opportunities in turns, a rarity on this type of track.
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It seems that in Chicago, they want to distance themselves from the type of spectacle offered by circuits like Miami and Las Vegas. Both U.S. city circuits have provided interesting races, yet the technical level has not been particularly high. It remains to be seen, of course, whether the project is feasible, as it inevitably clashes with the typical constraints of circuits winding through a city’s buildings. In Chicago, they would like to adapt the harbor area to host high and medium-speed turns, with the slower sector winding around the stadium.