Chicanes or Chickens: What Do You Think?

David DeGreefContributor IMay 17, 2009

1 MAY 1994:  AYRTON SENNA OF BRAZIL LEADS THE FIELD INTO A CORNER AFTER THE START OF THE SAN MARINO FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX IN IMOLA. SENNA LATER CRASHED HIS ROTHMANS WILLIAMS CAR INTO THE CONCRETE BARRIER AND SUSTAINED SERIOUS HEAD INJURIES IN THE ACCIDENT. HOSPITAL STAFF HAVE PRONOUNCED HIM DEAD. Mandatory Credit: Anton Want/ALLSPORT

Aryton Senna: God rest his soul, but I have to believe that he would cringe at what has happened to circuits since his untimely death at San Marino.

Great circuits such as Hockenheim, Nurburgring, and Spa have all undergone changes to slow down cars and, in my opinion, make them less than great. Look at any circuit and imagine a mechanical failure such as Senna's, and you would warrant putting in a chicane.

Remember, racing is an  inherently dangerous sport, but great racers deserve great circuits. I have a top five of all-time non-altered circuits and would like to hear yours. In no particular order...

Hockenheim

San Marino

Road America

Monza

Spa