Gene opposed to return of street circuits

Fri, 4 May 2007, 01:54

The apparent return of street circuits in formula one is contrary to the sport’s push for better safety, according to Marc Gene.

The occasional Ferrari test driver told the Spanish news agency EFE that he is opposed to Bernie Ecclestone’s negotiations with Valencia, Singapore and other potential venues for Monaco-style city races.

Abu Dhabi’s grand prix layout for 2009 will combine a purpose-built facility with a city section.

“It is definitely not going to be safer for the drivers,” Gene said of the apparent trend.

He continued: “With the exception of Monaco, the occurrence of street races has been fading over the years.

“I don’t think it is a good idea that they start coming back, obviously because of safety.

“But also in terms of the spectacle (I am opposed) because you almost never see overtaking on a street circuit.

“Just from the perspective of a driver, I am not in favour.”

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