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The Formula One racing season changes yearly, but the following Formula One tracks are currently in use:
The final race of the 2010 season, on a very modern Tilke designed track at Yas Marina. This race is a twilight race with the chequered flag falling under lights.
The Circuit de Catalunya is about one hour from the city by train.
One of the most traditional circuits on the calender. 'Spa' as it is known amongst F1 fans is most famous for its Eau Rouge corner which generates 4g in an F1 car.
Will host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011. Is located in Uttar Pradesh it is another Tilke designed track.
Alternates with the cicuit at Nürburg.
The only night race of the F1 calender.
The Australian Grand Prix takes place at the Albert Park Circuit which is normally a public park the rest of the year.
The track is a short tram ride from Flinders Street Station which is free for GP ticket holders.
General entry is good value with the most popular spot is "Brocky's" hill which is on the back part of the circuit. Remember to take a picnic rug or foldable chair if you sit here.
With the introduction of DRS (Drag Reduction Systems) to F1 cars in 2011, the first corner has produced many more overtaking opportunities, though to sit here requires the more expensive grand stand tickets.
After the race you are also allowed to walk around the circuit.
The highlight of the Formula One Season provides a great opportunity for fans to get close to the action at a reasonable price.
There is a large general admission area called Sector Rocher from which you can see about half of the track, and the large screen on the other side of the harbor; as there is no reserved seating, places fill up early.
After the cars have finished racing, it is possible to walk around the circuit.
Unlike at other circuits, the Formula One racing takes place on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Grand Prix takes place at Circuit-Gilles Villeneuve. This circuit is at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame island right across downtown Montreal. The island is connected by a metro line and taking the metro is defenitely the way to go.
Monza during GP days it's connected with several special trains from Milan and in that period cars are not allowed to enter in the city (except for inhabitants) but have to be left in special parking areas connected with the circuit by free shuttle.The special train stops at Biassono-Lesmo station.
The circuit is inside a huge enclosed park, the Parco di Monza, which is also a natural reserve, so please avoid causing damages inside it. Every year there are many of complaints because of pickpoketing and illegal tickets selling in crowded areas near the circuit's gates, so pay attention to that.
There's no way to see the whole track from a single point, so you'd better find a place near to one of the many large screen. Monza circuit is open to public during non-race days and you can also get on the track with your car, so many motorsports fans gather on those days to test their cars or motorcycles.
As of 2008, the race at Magny Cours has been discontinued for now.
The Nürburgring alternates with Hockenhiem to host the German Grand Prix. It is slated to host the 2011 German Grand Prix.
For petrol heads the old Nordschleife or north circuit that was used up until the '70s (otherwise known as the Green Hell) is a public one way toll road with over 100 corners.
Due to civil unrest in Bahrain the 2001 Bahrain Grand Prix has been cancelled.
The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is one of only a handful of circuits in F1 that are run anticlockwise.
As of 2006, the race at Imola (Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari) has been discontinued.
Located about an hour and a half north-west of London, Silverstone is one of the most historic Formula One circuits. The plit lane has been moved in recent Previous vistitors should note that the construction of the new international pit straight has meant that the pit lane used for formula one now lies between Club Corner and Abbey.
As of 2011 The Shanghai circuit is now accessible by Metro on line 11.
Good vantage points are the hairpin which always has overtaking action and the main grandstand, from which one can view 80% of the circuit.
General admission is very cheap by comparison, but without any video screens.
(near Kuala Lumpur)
Also known as the European Grand Prix (As of 2011)
(In South Jeolla province.)
There are generally two types of tickets offered: Grandstand and general admission. The grandstand tickets usually come in varying grades, the more expensive the ticket the better seats you will have. The main advantage of being in the grandstand is that you will be able to see more of the track. General admission on the other hand gets you through the gates and that's it. However there are many spots on many of the tracks where you can get a good view of the race outside of the grandstands.
You will probably not be surprised to learn that there is a lot of traffic around the track on race day so leave early on that day. Some circuits offer a shuttle service where you park some distance away from the track and you are brought in by bus. This can be a good idea if you want to avoid being stuck in traffic for hours.
Hotels near many of the races can sell out up to a year in advance, so if you are intending on doing this book early. An option that is offered at a few races, especially the European ones at places outside of major cities like Silverstone, is to camp near the track. You will probably need to book a camping ticket to take advantage of this and these too usually sell out so book early if you want to take this option.
Despite all of the 'motorsport is dangerous' notices you will see Formula one has quite a good spectator safety record. However no matter how safe a restricted part of the track may seem you should not venture onto these areas as they could be quite dangerous. There have only been 6 spectator fatalities at formula one races since 1963 and these were due to the spectators in question being on a restricted part of the track.
Formula one cars are ear damagingly loud, so earplugs are highly recommended especially for young children. These will probably be available at the track. If you are intending on taking a radio to listen to the on-track commentary you could use a pair on in-ear monitors like the ones shown below as these will double as earplugs.