I hope we get to keep this event because it was a good one. It had a good buzz to it. They did a fantastic job on the track, though admittedly needed a few more soft barriers. They had to fix some pavement, but it wasn't an issue on race day.
As much criticism as the fake marina and water have gotten, on TV, and at speed, it's just backdrop and you're watching the cars anyway. As a result, it all really looked great on TV. Really great.
I really like the circuit because it's so similar to Jedda. Formula One cars are in their element on fast tracks, and I'm glad were getting back to more of those. It makes sense to race the world's fastest cars on the world's fastest circuits, doesn't it?
The chicane everyone hates isn't that bad. It's got a lot of challenges with the elevation peaking at the apex, and with a bump just before that unsettles the car. Run it through a few times in slo motion and you will see what I mean. It's a unique challenge, but then again, it's pretty damm slow, made worse by the cars being so huge.
The race had a lot going for it because just when we thought it was settled there was that last yellow. There was lots of good racing, and even some bad racing too. That, and the setting was just perfect and the track showcased F1 cars they way they should be seen. I love the new cars.