Moscow Raceway fails to impress

© Ubaid Parkar, 17 July 2012
© Moscow Raceway

The latest Hermann Tilke-designed circuit has found no fans in drivers old and new including a certain four-time world champion.

The Moscow Raceway, which is capable of holding Formula 1 testing, was opened on Saturday to host two rounds of the World Series by Renault but Alain Prost observed that the 4km circuit wasn't capable of producing exciting racing.

“The infield part is very similar and very difficult to overtake," the Frenchman was quoted saying by IANS. "I was a bit surprised that at the end of the straight, it was not also that easy to overtake.”

Prost made his assessment after he drove a few laps in a Renault Eurocup Megane Trophy race car.

“There’s some places where it’s quite nice, but overtaking is not easy,” he insisted but stayed clear of pointing fingers at Tilke.

“I don’t want to blame anyone. It’s really a shame,” he said.

Even Russian driver Vitaly Petrov didn't find anything interesting to report after a few exhibition laps.

"The raceway could have been done a little bit more interesting. It doesn’t have enough zing," the Caterham driver said. "It lacks high-speed corners, some sections of the track are a bit slow, and it doesn’t bring a lot of pleasure to go through (corners) in second or third gear."

Located on the outskirts of the Russian capital, the track is also scheduled to host a round each of the FIA GT1 and the Superbike World Championship races this year.

 

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