The 10 Most Famous F1 Racing Tracks
Every Formula One track has its own significance, so it’s not an easy task to decide which one among them is the best. Some of them have gained prominence due to existing for years, whilst others have been new entries and picked up attention thanks to the stunning views.
A total of 70 different tracks have been used since the inception of the sport. Even though everyone has their preferences, it is exciting to come up with a list of the world’s ten most famous F1 racing tracks.
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The Circuito do Estoril, or Autódromo do Estoril, was one of the more favoured racing circuits in Portugal. It was built in 1984 and had 13 turns over a distance of 4.2 km.
Initially, the size of the track was bigger and consisted of just 12 turns but after 1996, when it obtained the FIA Grade 1 licence, this changed. The stadium itself can accommodate around 45,000 people and is owned by the state company called Parpublica.
It is not used for F1 events anymore but conducts various other motorsport events, such as the Motorcycle Grand Prix and A1 Grand Prix.
De Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium is easily the most beautiful track present on the Formula One circuit. It has a rich history and conducts significant sporting events, and the F1 race here is eagerly awaited.
Originally built in 1920, it has gone through several renovations over the years but currently has a seating capacity of 70,000. The length of the track is 7 km and consists of 18 turns.
Now the record for the fastest lap record is held by Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes. The path poses several challenges for drivers which adds much more excitement for viewers.
Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
Another beautiful location on the Formula One circuit, which has its charm with a great track and stunning views, is the famous track in Monaco. One of the only street circuits that are located within the municipality of Monty Carlo, it is an alluring mix of beauty and adventure.
It has been used for races since 1929 on the narrow roads that pass through the streets of the city, which is exactly why it is deemed a challenging track for the drivers. The turns are exceptionally tough, and drivers have to move at very low speeds, sometimes even falling down to 60 km/h.
Silverstone Circuit, England
Silverstone is the oldest racing circuit in England that is located near the county of Northamptonshire. The track is almost 6 km in length and has 18 turns, and the stadium has a capacity of 150,000, making it one of the biggest on the circuit.
Lewis Hamilton holds the record of the fastest lap, with a time of 1 minute and 30 seconds. The turns are challenging, and drivers have to be careful even while driving at slower speeds. It is the track where Michael Schumacher famously broke his leg in 1999.
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This track may not be the most picturesque or beautiful but it is for sure the favourite among drivers. It was built in 1963 and has been remodelled several times over the years.
Now the track looks like a zigzagged figure of 8 and consists of 28 laps. Unlike other tracks, it’s easy for drivers to keep a fast speed because of the design and has a capacity of 155,000.
It has been divided into five sections, and other motorsports also take place here. It has a few of the world’s most famous corners in 130R and 200R.
Hockenheimring Circuit, Germany
Hockenheimring is another famous circuit that has a fast-paced track and eagerly awaited calendar year event. The start of the trail is fast, with the first four turns allowing the drivers to move swiftly. Then as you come towards the corner, five cars have to adapt accordingly, which makes for a hugely thrilling scene.
After that, the parabolic sequence starts where drivers reach their full potential. The length of the circuit is smaller than others at just 4.5 km, but that’s accommodated with 67 laps which increase the overall distance to 307 km.
The first ever Formula One race at The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace was held in 1973. It was eventually considered one of the most dangerous tracks in the world and was abandoned in 1980.
But a few modifications and the implementation of safety procedures ensured it made a return to the Formula One scene in 1990 and has been a mainstay ever since.
It has a capacity of shade over 60,000, but the circuit length is considerably decreased, from 7km to just 4 km now. The number of turns was brought down from 26 to 15, as well as its most dangerous and somewhat prominent corners, such as S de Senna.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada
The beauty of this circuit is in the simplicity with which drivers can complete the race. Ever since races have started taking place here, no other city in Canada has had the privilege of doing so because no other tracks in Canada can compete.
It has a distance of 4.3 km and just 14 turns, which may initially seem small, but it has produced some of the greatest F1 races historically because of the easy overtaking possibilities.
Circuit De Catalunya, Spain
The racing track is the most historic venue in Spain which has a distance of 4.65 km and 16 tracks. It was famous for enthralling races in the beginning, but it couldn’t cope with the modern technologies and requirements needed for Formula One’s fastest cars.
Changes were made in 2007 to try and fix the issues, and the track became a mix of fast, medium, and slow-paced driving but hasn’t been able to produce any jaw-dropping moments in recent times.
And last but certainly not least…
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza was opened in 1922, and ever since the start of the racing circuit, it holds the record for the most races held. Except for 1980, it has hosted Formula One races every year.
It has a capacity of over 100,000, but the best thing about this track is its simple map which allows drivers to remain at fast speeds throughout the 5km, with occasional speed decreases at the 11 corners.
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