The specifications of the revised Zandvoort circuit will not be withheld from teams in an effort to create more unpredictability when the championship returns to the track this year.
[smr2020test]Reports last month claimed the architects behind the redevelopment of the circuit, which will hold the 2020 Dutch Grand Prix, intended to keep detailed information about the changes away from teams in the hope it would ‘spice up the show’. Doing so could create an opportunity for a team to gain an advantage if it acquired extra data before its rivals.
But Jarno Zaffelli, owner of architects Dromo who are carrying out the work, told RaceFans there was no plan to hold any data back. Teams already have preliminary information on the intended changes to the track, he explained, and will receive highly detailed measurements once the building work is finished.
“We would like to provide them data that, as we provide every time, are reliable,” said Zaffelli. “If we don’t provide reliable data, there’s no point.
“At this moment they have the geometries already agreed with the FIA. But there is always a tolerance in these geometries. That’s why the homologation is coming once the track is built.
“So once [it is] built, because the Formula 1 teams nowadays are using simulators that are really sophisticated, we will deliver data that are millimetres precise with a grade that is one centimetre of grade or less. So the information accuracy and density will be massive. But this is not possible to deliver before [the track is] built.”
Once construction is complete, the track should re-open at the end of this month or early in March, said Zaffelli. But this will have a knock-on effect for the teams when it comes to building their simulations of the track.
“The simulation packages will be ready more near to the event because you need the time to just finish the building, do the recordings, compare all the data. And then they will not have much time to do these kind of simulations as they have normally in other race tracks.”
Among the most drastic changes to the track is the construction of two banked corners at the Hugenholzbocht and Arie Luyendijk Bocht. The Dutch Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on May 3rd.
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