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What are the Most Incredible F1 Experiences?

September 25, 2016

- Grant Whittington

While there many factors that contribute to a stellar F1 experience, it is ultimately the track that has a huge bearing on the quality and competitiveness of each race. Some may argue that this has been something of an issue in recent times, after a series of safety alterations have changed the nature of the sport and created more pedestrian tracks around the world.

While there may be at least some truth in this, there are still some incredible tracks and F1 viewing experiences across the globe. Here are just a few: –

Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The retirement of F1 legend Felipe Massa provoked memories of his famous Brazilian Grand Prix win 2006, where he became the first national driver to win the race since the late, great Ayrton Senna. The scenes that followed were incredible, and indicative of a course that is extremely understated among fans and drivers alike. The circuit’s long, sweeping left-bending home stretch have produced some astonishing finishes over time, while the current track has survived in its current guise since 1990.

Silverstone in Northampton, England

Arguably the most classic and historical F1 tracks, Silverstone actually hosted the very first World Championship Grand Prix event in 1950. Despite this, it has changed considerably over time, with the latest configuration having debuted back in 2012. With a mix of fast and slow bends, Silverstone is also a track that offers excellent opportunities for drivers to overtake their rivals.

Monte Carlo in Monaco

Monte Carlo is the most unique F1 track around, even if you ignore the stunningly lavish and opulent surroundings of the famous French principality. Essentially a street circuit that seems to pass through the streets of Monaco, this course offers an incredible range of challenges to drivers in the modern age, who must control the speed and power of their cars to cope with a host of merciless walls, harsh bends and sudden, unexpected bumps.

The Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia

One of the more recent tracks, the Sepang International Circuit was opened officially in 1999 and as such remains one of the most advanced and well-designed tracks. It is also set to play a significant role in this season’s Driver Championship, with the latest instalment scheduled for 2nd October and the current Malaysian Grand Prix odds pricing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as favourites. Malaysia is also a thrilling place to visit, so it this is well worth marking in your calendar.

Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium

We have selected the highly-regarded Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium as our top circuit, although our opinion may have been swayed by Lewis Hamilton’s mesmerising performance last week as he claimed third place from the back of the grid. Notwithstanding this, however, the track is Spa is clearly among the best and most challenging in the world, with its first, incredible sharp hairpin turn at La Source indicative of the way in which driver’s must push themselves to compete on such a track.

 

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