Still considered the most popular motorsport event in the world, Formula 1 has taken the globe by storm, since its debut back in 1950. Aside from the cars and, of course, the drivers, this is largely thanks to the excitement of the circuits themselves, so we thought it high time we looked closer at some of the world’s favourite Grand Prix locations…
It really doesn’t get any more scenic and glamourous than Monaco. One of the smallest circuits in the world, this yearly race is still considered one of the most exciting F1 challenges because it takes places on the city streets of Monte Carlo, right next to the French Riviera.
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2. Monza, Italy
With so many famous twists and turns, not to mention the opportunity for cars to get up to speeds of 210 miles per hour, Monza really is considered one of the fan’s favourites and one of the most intensely thrilling courses ever to have been commissioned by F1.
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3. Silverstone, UK
Proud claimant of the first ever Formula 1 race in history (in 1950), Silverstone holds a very special place in the hearts of fans across the globe. Therefore, when the race takes place here every year, there will never be any shortage of supporters, who are all now mainly fixed on seeing their hero Lewis Hamilton take the winner’s position on the podium (which he has now a remarkable 5 times).
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4. Nurburgring, Germany
Pretty much the most contentious F1 track of all time, Nurburgring was the place that Niki Lauda almost lost his life in the terrible moment his car set on fire in 1976. Sadly the days of the original circuit in Nordschleife were always going to be numbered but when a newer, safer course was built it was deemed to be lacking the character and originality of the original.
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5. Suzuka, Japan
Suzuka is a very important course for many reasons but mainly because it has seen some of the most epic driver battles of all time. This is largely due to the fact that it takes place towards the end of the Grand Prix calendar but also because it is the kind of circuit where even smallest of mistakes can cost you the race.
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6. Osterreichring, Austria
Taking place in amongst a back drop of the Styrian mountains, Osterreichring is widely considered one of the most beautiful F1 circuits ever made. It has, however, been in and out of use over the years due to some questionable safety features on the track itself but is still very popular amongst drivers and fans.
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7. Sepang, Malaysia
As you can see from the seamless beauty of this course, no expensive was spared by Malaysian officials when it was first built in 1999. It is also a favourite amongst drivers because of the wide track, which leaves ample opportunity for overtaking.
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8. Abu Dhabi, UAE
In true Emirati style, Abu Dhabi’s first foray in to Formula 1 motor racing was nothing short of spectacular when they unveiled their stunning track in 2009, set alongside their exquisite marina. Suffice to say, races will take place here for many years to come.
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9. Albert Park, Australia
Since it was built in 1996, Albert Park has served as a first-rate location for fans to travel to to watch the formula 1. This is because of its dynamic course (using real roads), the stunning lake which acts as a centre-piece and also the cosmopolitan city vibe of Melbourne in general.
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10. Hockenheimring, Germany
Even though this almost entirely flat course has had its fair share of controversy (due to some infamous crashes) it is still considered one of the most exciting in the world. Not least because of its exhilarating stretches, which make for great battles between the drivers.
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