In the build up to what will surely be the most exciting F1 season in recent memory, Sky Sports are coming up with some truly novel ways in which to get the fanbase excited about the coming season. With Sky Sports F1 securing exclusive rights to broadcast every race this coming season, they've challenged Martin Brundle to design a track which incorporates the best twists and turns from every circuit on the 2015 F1 calendar. Built by Scalextric on an incredible 9 by 9 metre track, the Martin Brundle track is a delight for F1 fans across the world, and should inspire jealousy in anybody with even a passing interest in F1.
The layout includes over 40n turns, chicanes, straights and sections that are instantly recognisable to Formula One fans around the world, with features like Abu Dhabi's Marina Complex, Casino Square at Monaco and Silverstone's Copse, all in a course designed to resemble the famous figure of eight from Suzuka. Upon beginning work, the track engineers at Scalextric realised that this was going to be the biggest track layout they have ever designed, covering a 9 by 9 metre space and totalling a 45 metre long track of 177 pieces. Not happy with just creating the track though, the engineers also designed landscaping and added final details like landmarks from some of the most famous tracks.
Martin Brundle, the F1 expert tasked with putting together the track said The team challenged me to design my dream circuit using sections from the 20 F1® races in 2015, all of which will be live on Sky Sports F1®. I immediately wanted a figure of ‘8’ like our beloved Suzuka, and could only dream of driving a series of corners such as scaling the mountain up to turn one in Austin before falling through the ‘Senna S’ of Brazil and towards Silverstone’s fearsome Copse corner. And that’s just a small section. Now amazingly, we’ve built a model and so I will revert to my childhood for many laps. It’s going to get competitive.”
Sky Sports fans have been calling the free Sky phone number to request a turn on the track, but that honour is reserved for the Sky Sports F1 team on the 15th of March, who will be going head to head live on air before Lewis Hamilton's title defense. Between Damon Hill, Martin Brundle, Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert, there's no room left at the table, so those on the freephone Sky will have to wait their turn.
Sky Sports F1 will return on the 15th of March, with broadcasts running all throughout the day on the dedicated Sky channel, but the races can also be seen through the Sky Sports F1 touchscreen and, new for this year, is an option which allows you to see up to eight different video feeds from each and every car, letting you truly tailor your Formula One viewing experience.
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