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Tracks

Formula 1 tracks are among the most historic in the world and the most modern. With countries all over the world fighting to stage a Grand Prix race, Formula 1 has been able to impose standards like never before. Find out where they are located, their particular style, strategy demands, and previous winners and records. See their layout and photos of the infrastructure.
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  2. Style of Track (12)
  3. Previous Races and Winners (1)
  4. Records (1)
  5. Strategies That Win There (1)

Istanbul Park: The Best of the New Tracks
Formula 1 keeps tight control on the standards and building of new racetracks, most of which - those in China, Bahrain and Malaysia - were designed by Hermann Tilke, a German architect. For the new track outside of Istanbul, Turkey, in 2005, the mixture of Tilke as a consultant and the local designers created the most original of the new tracks, with its wild, undulating twists and turns.

Bahrain International Circuit
Clear skies, a piercingly hot sun and sand, sand, sand. These are the main physical characteristics of Formula 1's first circuit in the desert, site of the Bahrain Grand Prix outside Manama.

Sepang International Circuit
Purpose-built for Formula 1, the 3.4-mile Sepang International Circuit has hosted the Malaysian Grand Prix since its inception in 1999. The track inspired a series of monumental circuits in other countries with little racing tradition — Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, China and Turkey — and designed by the series’s preferred track architect, Hermann Tilke.

Shanghai International Circuit
The Shanghai International Circuit, where Formula One has been racing since 2004, is the biggest, most ambitious of any of the series venues. It is also the third circuit in the first four races this season that was designed by the Grand Prix racetrack architect Hermann Tilke. And for many people, it was the one that went a little too far.

Circuit de Catalunya
The Circuit de Catalunya, set in rolling hills not far from the Mediterranean coast and 30 kilometers from Barcelona, is a favorite track among...

Circuit of the Monaco Grand Prix
It is the shortest and slowest track of the season, and with only 260.5 kilometers covered over the 78 laps, it is also the shortest race. But the twisty, bumpy and slippery track of 2.0 miles, through Monaco’s hilly streets and among its hotels, cafes and apartment buildings is also the most challenging.

Circuit of the European Grand Prix
Set in a marina on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Valencia venue is a rare one in Formula One, being part street and part traditional circuit, with parts of it designed specially for the race — including a moveable bridge that joins the north and south parts of the track.

Circuit of the British Grand Prix
The Silverstone circuit, where the first Formula 1 Grand Prix took place in May 1950, is not only one of the richest in history, but it also has always been one of the favorites of the drivers.

Circuit of the German Grand Prix
Built in 1932 in the countryside near Heidelberg, in southern Germany, the Hockenheim circuit is one of the oldest and most historic racetracks in Europe. It has been hosting Formula 1 races only since 1970, however, and for the past few years it has alternated hosting the German Grand Prix every other year with the Nürburgring.

Circuit of the Belgian Grand Prix
The Spa-Francorchamps circuit rolls through the landscape of the Ardennes Forest with a combination of slow and fast corners, making both its setting and style unique among the world’s racing circuits. It is also one of the most challenging and the favorite of most Formula One drivers.

Circuit of the Italian Grand Prix
All the teams and drivers agree: There is no other circuit on the Formula One calendar like the one in a former royal park in a suburb of Milan, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.

Circuit of the Singapore Grand Prix
The Singapore race has been called the Monaco Grand Prix of Asia, as the Asian city-state, like the Mediterranean principality, is something of a high-flying business center and its race circuit winds through the streets the way the Monaco track does.

Circuit of the Japanese Grand Prix
Beside an amusement park on undulating land near Nagoya, Japan’s fourth-largest city, the Suzuka circuit is like one of the neighboring roller coasters.

Circuit of the Brazilian Grand Prix
The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, in Interlagos, outside São Paulo is one of the most unusual of the Formula 1 season: It is the second shortest after Monaco’s, it runs counterclockwise, and at about 2,600 feet above sea level, it is the highest. It undulates around a dish-shaped landscape, where much of the track can be seen by spectators.

Circuit of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The Abu Dhabi circuit, on Yas Island, in 2009 became the site of the first “twilight” Formula One race, beginning in daylight and ending in darkness.

Circuit of the Australian Grand Prix
On a track located in a grassy park within commuting distance of the city center, the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne has always been a favorite for most of the Formula 1 teams, drivers and the thousands of people that follow around the world’s largest travelling circus. South of Melbourne, the circuit began hosting the Australian Grand Prix...

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