Earlier I posted that I try not to miss the Monaco and Belgian Grands Prix. Monaco for its ambience, but more for its nearly unchanged layout. And, although Spa-Francorchamps was radically shortened in its new layout, it still has the daunting Eau Rouge, Raidillon, and Blanchimont corners. For that matter, the new infield segment of the circuit respects the character of Old Spa and adds the equally daunting Pouhon.
Lately, I find myself trying not to miss Suzuka in Japan and Interlagos in Brazil as well. And for the same reasons. Both courses challenge even the best drivers. I missed Suzuka this year, but won't miss Brazil this weekend. It matters not that the World Championship was decided a month ago and that Sebastian Vettel will probably win again. Racing on these courses is interesting compared to the cookie-cutter venues that have come on line in the past few years.