F1 fans have slammed the design of the Miami Grand Prix circuit and compared its bizarre fake dock to graphics from the World of Warcraft video game.
The Miami International Autodrome is situated within the Hard Rock Stadium complex, not the city's glamorous beachfront, which meant track designers had to get creative with the look and feel of the circuit.
To counter the lack of sea views, race organisers came up with the genius plan to construct a fake marina on the track – complete with parked yachts and fake water. But F1 fans have been left split by the results, with the fake dock gaining particular attention.
Close up images of the fake dock have been circulating online, showing the extent of detail on the phoney wood and water. Some fans have praised the track design, but others have been more critical.
One fan, commenting on Reddit, joked the fake dock had "World of Warcraft graphics" – a sly dig at the unrealistic nature of the artwork. Someone else said: "This picture confuses my eyes."
A third user added: "Might look real. But I still find it pretty lame to have fake water and boats next to the track. Just don't see the point." Another person pointed out: "They could have just built a set. Why even go to Miami."
It's fair to say the unusual track has attracted a lot of attention. And Clive Bowen, founder of Apex Circuit Design that came up with the the track, has admitted the creators went 'a little bit wild' with their brief.
"We had to change a lot when 199th Street wasn't credible as an option," Bowen said as quoted by motorsport.com. "But that introduced the opportunity for us to go a little bit mad.
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"So instead of us going through the west [parking] lot and onto 199th Street, we turned a little tighter and navigated around the western gondola station.
"Then we drive straight through the centre of Miami Open tennis complex, which was unpopular as you can imagine. So we had to work out how to engineer that, get the levels to work, get the drainage to work, get the relationships between the courts to still work, build the track before the tennis open itself was open to operate. Once the tennis open was finished, we had to very quickly clear their apparatus away and convert it into the circuit."
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