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Destinations

The Formula One racing season changes yearly, but the following Formula One tracks are currently in use:

Abu Dhabi, UAE

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.

Barcelona, Spain

The Circuit de Catalunya is about one hour from the city by train.

Budapest, Hungary

Francorchamps, Belgium

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.

Greater Noida, India

Will host the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011. Is located in Uttar Pradesh it is another Tilke designed track.

Hockenheim, Germany

Alternates with the cicuit at Nürburg.

Indianapolis, United States

As of 2007, the F1 race in Indianpolis has been canceled.

Istanbul, Turkey

It takes place in IstanbulPark [1], which is located near Akfirat town, which is located about 20 km east of downtown Istanbul, in Asian Side. It's very near Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) [2], which is generally used by low-cost airlines. City's public transport authority (IETT [3]) also provides public buses from city's central parts during races.

Marina Bay, Singapore

The only night race of the F1 calender.

Melbourne, Australia

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.

Monaco

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.

Montreal, Canada

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, Italy

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.

Nevers-Magny-Cours, France

As of 2008, the race at Magny Cours has been discontinued for now.

Nürburg, Germany

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.

SakhirBahrain

Due to civil unrest in Bahrain the 2001 Bahrain Grand Prix has been cancelled.

Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is one of only a handful of circuits in F1 that are run anticlockwise.

San Marino

As of 2006, the race at Imola (Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari) has been discontinued.

Silverstone, United Kingdom

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.

Shanghai, China

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.

Suzuka, Japan

Sepang, Malaysia

(near Kuala Lumpur)

Valencia, Spain

Also known as the European Grand Prix (As of 2011)

Yeongam, South Korea

(In South Jeolla province.)

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Stay safe

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 these as these will double as earplugs.

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