This week sees the European Grand Prix held around the port of Valencia - one of 5 F1 races held on temporary, or street, circuits during the season. But can the Valencia circuit really be called a street circuit?
Personally I feel it is not a street circuit. A street circuit is a track that isn't altered or changed from its normal look - Monaco being the perfect example of this. Whereas the likes of Valencia and Singapore have been adapted for racing - including run off areas.
A street circuit should also have the drivers on edge where the fear of one mistake puts them into a barrier - at Valencia there is only a couple of corners where this fear exists (turn 2 for example), so how can it be regarded as a street circuit if it doesn't test the drivers like a street circuit should?!
In conclusion Valencia, in my opinion, cannot be called a street circuit. It should be regarded along the same lines as Long Beach as a road course or temporary circuit. A street circuit should be what it is called - a street - and Valencia certainly isn't