I can't work out why it is that the Valencian Grand Prix is always so boring. It is hard to pass, but it is hard to pass at Monaco and I love the Monaco Grand Prix. I think the main problem comes down to the fact that the track has no soul. It is a street race which gives you no indication that it is in a great city. Monaco on the other hand holds a car race amongst scenery that shows off the wealth and good taste of the city. Melbourne holds a race in a park that suggest the laid back, fun kind of place it is, Montreal is fast paced with some nasty walls and plenty of fun. What has Valencia got? Judging by its race track it has concrete and warehouses. And tracks are generally not made up of straights seperated by corners but corners seperated by straights. When you think of Spa you think of Eau Rouge, when you think of Silverstone you think of copse and maggots and chapel, Montreal has the chicane into the wall of champions, Turkey has turn 7, Monaco has Tabac and Ste Devote. What has Valencia got? I still can't recognise a single corner or tell one apart from another.
Some of the problem with the European Grand Prix may have been down to Pirelli's tyre choice. But the fact remains that Valencia has never held a remotely interesting race whether Bridgestone or Pirelli were bringing the rubber. The problem lies with the track. And I say the sooner we can scrap tracks like Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and Valencia for their lack of soul the better.