The Best F1 Racing Tracks in the World
When it comes to Formula One fanatics, we all have our favourite F1 track. Whilst we get a buzz from watching the drivers race on each and every track around the world, nothing beats the excitement of settling down for an afternoon to watch it all take place on what we deem to be the best.
But when it comes to declaring which F1 race track is the most superior, it is a difficult task given that every track presents its own unique challenge to the drivers whizzing around on it.
However, whilst there are not always clearly defined winners, we can all agree that there are just some tracks that encapsulate everything wonderful about Formula One racing.
So, in light of that, here is a countdown of the top five Formula One Racing tracks in the world in our very humble opinion…
Average Racing Rate – 7.24/10
Despite the unlikely weather conditions, racing at Silverstone has an average Racing Rate of 7.24 out of 10.
During the 2008 British Grand Prix, Silverstone had the highest Racing Rate too, topping the list that year at 8.16 out of 10.
Since 2008, seven out of the ten races held at Silverstone have been rated at least 7 out of 10, making it the fifth most entertaining venue for F1 races in the world. Passing through the track’s sharp turns can certainly be tricky, but definitely possible. A highly successful move to win a race on this track involves a great deal of bravery – even in the DRS era.
Average Racing Rate – 7.30/10
During the 2010 Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps had the highest Racing Rate – 8.37 out of 10.
You may have observed that Spa’s racing rate is pretty close to that of Silverstone’s. It isn’t much of a surprise given that both of these venues are highly similar to each other.
Although the difference is that Spa offers higher speeds and a more picturesque setting. Additionally, it is one of the highest-rated tracks which has held a race in all of the last 10 seasons.
3: Circuit of the Americas
Average Racing Rate – 7.40/10
During the 2015 United States Grand Prix, the Circuit of Americas had the highest Racing Rate – 9.10 out of 10.
Ever since it made its debut in 2012, the Circuit of Americas has drafted its reputation as the best modern F1 track. Although during this year’s race, the track limit was still a concerning issue, the same is often true for most the new circuits.
The entire layout is both:
- A worthy driving challenge – there are very few tracks that have a sequence of bends to rival COTA’s opening sector
- A good opportunity for overtaking, which is what all F1 fans are really wanting to see during the race.
2: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Average Racing Rate – 7.66/10
During the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve had the highest Racing Rate – a whopping 9.19 out of 10
One of the most debatable F1 changes of recent seasons was inspired by the 2010 race at Montreal. Due to the trouble with Bridgestone’s tyres, the team had to adopt some aggressive strategies, which in turn produced a hectic race. This thus led to the idea of manufacturing tyres that degraded quickly for future seasons.
However, the 2010 race at Montreal was outscored twice. In 2011, due to torrential rain, the race saw Jenson Button win, despite him dropping to last place at one stage during the race.
Then after three years, the drama of Mercedes’ first defeat in the V6 Hybrid Turbo produced a race which was rated even higher.
The race was a nail-biter towards the end, as Daniel Ricciardo took over Nico Rosberg to register his first ever win, while Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa crashed right before the chequered flag. It was certainly one to remember and this track was behind a lot of the excitement.
Average Racing Rate – 7.72/10
During the 2011 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring had the Highest Racing Rate – 8.43 out of 10.
The Nurburgring has not held any F1 races since 2013, but it held three rounds in 2008, all of which earned scores of at least 7 out of 10, thus securing #1 position in this list.
However, whilst we haven’t seen our beloved drivers face on this track since 2013, the circuit owners recently revealed that they plan to bring the German Grand Prix back to this venue, so we can all eagerly wait its fantastic return.