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Liberty Media Considering Changes To Improve Formula 1 Circuits

Formula 1 Managing Dir Ross Brawn revealed that Liberty Media "is investigating whether changes to grand prix track layouts are needed over the next few years" to help improve the racing, according to Jonathan Noble of MOTORSPORT. While research "is ramping up about tweaks to car designs," it has emerged that a "parallel project has begun looking at how track designs can be bettered too." Brawn said that "if the sport can better understand what makes a good track for racing," then current venues can be tweaked. He said, "We have already got engaged with some circuits about possible modifications to improve racing." Brawn added that the Liberty investigation involves looking back through F1 history to "understand what elements are needed to produce the kind of racing that fans actually like." He said, "We have started looking in our archives. Were there periods of racing where there was more overtaking? Are there tracks where there is more overtaking? So you can do a statistical analysis" (MOTORSPORT, 12/5).