The new Formula E street circuit in Beijing has copped a fair bit of criticism on social media for lacking imagination. It’s an easy point to make – the straightforward layout doesn’t exactly conjure up the magic of Spa or Suzuka.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the racing will be boring. In fact, if it wasn’t for those pesky chicanes the track would be brilliant. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with simple circuits at all. You will often find the fewer squiggles they have on a map, the better they are. Some of the most revered circuits of all time (like the old Spa, Osterreichring, Reims, and even the old Silverstone) look incredibly basic when viewed from above, so there is still hope for the new Beijing circuit.
It’s just a shame about those chicanes.