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Valencia eyes circuit changes to boost overtaking

ESPNF1 Staff
June 30, 2010 « FIA set to discuss safety car issues | »
Organisers want to see more wheel-to-wheel racing in Valencia © Sutton Images

Changes to the layout of Valencia's street circuit could be made prior to F1's return next year.

The track has been criticised for not encouraging overtaking on all three occasions F1 has visited. The promoter Valmor Sport has now announced it is considering a number of changes to improve overtaking as well as safety.

"We want to apply changes and will listen to the drivers," Valmor president Jorge Martinez Aspar said. "We are looking at a series of small changes in some parts of the track, three in particular, to see if it will give more overtaking."

The organisers are expected to meet with the drivers at Silverstone next week and any changes will be run past the FIA first.

Aspar also expressed concern that a marshal had to retrieve a glass bottle from the track last Sunday, but seemed to deny Ferrari's claim that an angry fan had thrown it over a fence.

"We don't know how it got there," he said. "If someone had thrown it, it would be broken. This is something to be avoided, but it can happen anywhere."