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Gascoyne slams 'boring' desert circuits

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso crosses the line to win last year's Bahrain Grand Prix, a race so dull it was labelled Borehrain by some in the media © Sutton Images

Lotus boss Mike Gascoyne has urged Formula One's bosses to keep striving to make the sport a better spectacle, and has slammed the construction of "boring" desert circuits in the Middle East.

Speaking to Reuters, Gascoyne said the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix were dull, something that an otherwise superb season served to gloss over.

"You can make an argument that says, 'we had a cracking season last year and why would you want to change anything?'" he told the agency. "Then you could say, 'yes, but we had three or four incredibly boring races'. If on certain circuits you have cracking races every year then why don't we stop going to boring racing circuits?

"The shame is that, Monaco apart, a lot of the races now that are really boring are all the purpose-designed tracks built in deserts where you could have done absolutely anything that you want.

"It's pretty disappointing that you've got two massively boring races on circuits where you had literally carte blanche to do anything you liked. You could have had elevation change or moved sand wherever you wanted it."