FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX WORLD TOUR

It’s not difficult to understand why F1 pilots are so envied for: surrounded by the world’s fastest cars and some of the most beautiful women, they benefit from all the privileges of the rich and the famous, plus, looking at their racing calendar covering around twenty countries every season, they enjoy the ultimate globetrotter’s lifestyle.
Live your passion and see the world's most complex and demanding track - the Shaghai International Circuit - or be part of the unique Italian Grand Prix in Monza. Visit the vibrant city of Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix or the exotic city of Sao Paolo in Brazil. Meet the Formula 1 first ever day-night race, the most innovative and luxurious circuit ever built - Yas Marina - at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Treat yourself to the Suzuka Circuit, known for its exciting and challenging layout, offering an all-around Japanese experience.

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GEOGRAPHY
As Europeans, we don’t have to cross the ocean to watch live F1 action, as there are plenty of circuits here, but an expedition to another continent could be even more exciting.

SPECTACLE
Some races are more about the show than the quality of the racing. If glitz and glamour is your thing, then Monte-Carlo should be your destination. For the unique thrill of night racing, head for Singapore.

RACING
If what draws you to F1 is the prospect of seeing wheel-to-wheel racing, some tracks are more likely to offer that than others. Bahrain, for example, may not be the most inspiring venue, but you can usually expect a good race.

CROWD SIZE
A packed crowd means a good atmosphere, and you’re guaranteed one if you head to the likes of Monza, Interlagos or Silverstone.

VISIBILITY
In case you’re wondering how many times the cars are going to come past, here are some facts: Spa-Francorchamps’s 7km long lap means you’ll only see them 44 times in a race, but at Interlagos they’ll come by 70 times. It’s really up to you.

FORMULA 1 CIRCUITS

AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
March 2013, Melbourne
The oldest surviving motor racing competition, the Australian Grand Prix has been held 77 times since it was first run at Philip Island in 1928. There have been many venues for the race. Since 1996 the race is held at Albert Park in Melbourne.

MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX
March 2013, Kuala Lumpur
The Malaysian Grand Prix has been a part of the Formula One World Championship since 1999 and since 2001 it has been the first event on the F1 calendar. The race is held at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, which hosts numerous motor sports events throughout the year. The Sepang Circuit is located approximately 60km from Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur, and many consider it to be one of the most impressive circuits in the world, boasting excellent viewing facilities, a state of the art pit garage and even an on-site shopping mall. Designed by German architect, Herman Tilke, who recently designed circuits for the Bahrain and Turkish Grand Prixs, the track is an unusual layout with wide straights and sweeping corners. With a capacity of 130,000 spectators, the stadium allows spectators to see at least fifty percent of the race at any one time.

CHINESE GRAND PRIX
April 2013, Shanghai
The Chinese Grand Prix is one of the newest races in the championship and takes place on the Shanghai International Circuit, which was the most expensive Formula One circuit facility when completed in 2004. It is a fitting tribute to the current Chinese passion for construction and it is also the world’s most complex and demanding track, with 16 grueling corners. Construction giants Ferrari have won three of the four championships that have been held so far.

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX
April 2013, Manama
The Bahrain International Formula 1 Circuit is situated in the Sakhir Oasis and symbolizes the meeting of the old of the new. The old road to the former oasis and camel farm at Sakhir has now become a black and shiny, ultra modern Grand Prix Formula One circuit tarmac of 5,411 km in length. No expense was spared to build this circuit, which features a unique local Arabic atmosphere. The pits, paddock and start/finish areas present a distinct “oasis” feel, but the circuit’s two “desert loops” take the racing cars into a more typical desert landscape. Everyone agrees that the US $ 150 million Bahrain F1 circuit is setting new standards.

SPANISH GRAND PRIX
May 2013, Montmeló, Catalonia
The first Spanish Grand Prix in 1913 was not actually run to the Grand Prix formula of the day, but to touring car rules, taking place on a 300-kilometer road circuit at Guadarrama, near Madrid, on the road to Valladolid. Motor racing events had taken place in Spain prior to that – the most notable among them being the Catalan Cup of 1908 and 1909, on roads around Sitges, near Barcelona.

GRAND PRIX DE MONACO
May 2013, Monte Carlo
F1 Monaco Grand Prix, among the most prestigious Formula 1 races, is held on the Monaco Circuit every year. Since first race in 1929 the venue is constantly holding the race. The race is considered the ultimate test of driving skills in Formula One. The race is organized on a narrow course carved in the streets of Monte Carlo, with many elevation changes and tight corners, making it one of the most demanding tracks in Formula One. Though the speeds are relatively low here, the place is quite dangerous to drive. With 77 laps, Monaco Grand Prix poses great challenge for Formula One drivers. Average fastest speed in Monaco Grand Prix has risen from 50mph (80 kph) to 88mph (143 kph).

HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX
July 2013, Budapest
The Hungarian Grand Prix is held at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, although it was originally based at Nepliget. The first Grand Prix was held in Hungary in 1936. The Hungarian Grand Prix is usually held at the beginning of August and is famed for its good weather, with the 2006 Grand Prix being the first held at Hungaroring in wet conditions. The circuit is very narrow and twisty with few overtaking opportunities, making it the course with the second-lowest average speed, after the Monte Carlo street circuit in Monaco.
The circuit has become famous for its processional races, with sometimes a string of cars following each other, unable to overtake. Changes were made to the track in 2003 to try and allow more opportunities for passing. However, drivers still think it is necessary to get high up the grid in qualifying because overtaking opportunities are still quite limited.

CANADIAN GRAND PRIX
June 2013, Montreal, Quebec
Held almost every year since 1961, the Canadian Grand Prix is one of the oldest events on the Formula 1 calendar. The Canadian Grand Prix was originally based at Mosport Park in Brownenville, but it now has its permanent home at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on the St Lawrence River in downtown Montreal.
The track is renowned for its unusual design, consisting of several fiddly corners connected by high-speed straights. A particularly notable aspect of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit is the final corner of the track that has famously caught out many championship drivers.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX
June 2013, Silverstone, Northamptonshire
The British Grand Prix is currently held at the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire and is the joint oldest continuously used Grand Prix circuit, along with the Italian Grand Prix track at Monza. In 1991 massive changes were made to the track including a set of corners between Farm and Woodcote, but before this it was one of the fastest tracks in Formula One. Improvements were made more recently to the track itself so it now has a smooth surface with fantastic grip, which helps drivers when they are tackling Silverstone's wide variety of corners.

BELGIAN GRAND PRIX
August-September 2013, Francorchamps, Spa
The Belgian Grand Prix is based at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, commonly referred to as Spa. The first Belgian Grand Prix was held at Spa in 1925; it has previously been held at the Zolder and Nivelles circuits. The Spa circuit was constructed in 1921, but only motorcycle races were held there until 1924. Following the success of the 24-hour race at Le Mans in France, Belgium held a similar endurance racing event in 1924 called the Spa 24-hours. The area is famed for its unpredictable weather, at one point it rained on every Belgian Grand Prix for 20 consecutive years. For this reason the Belgian Grand Prix is often referred to as the most challenging race in the Formula One calendar.

SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
September 2013, Marina Bay, Singapore
Singapore Grand Prix, held in the Marina Bay region of Singapore, is Formula One’s first night race. It is also the first Formula One street race in Asia. The first F1 race, in September 2008, was won by Spanish driver Fernando Alonso of the Renault F1 team. The inaugural Singapore Grand Prix was staged on a new street circuit, with the city skyline offering a perfect backdrop. The race direction is anti-clockwise. The street circuit has 61 laps and 23 turns. Along Raffles Boulevard the speed reaches in excess of 300 km/h. Slowest corners are T3, T10, T14, T18 and T19, where the speed is 80-100 km/h.

JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
October 2013, Suzuka
The first Formula One race in Japan was staged in 1976 at the Fuji Speedway. From 1987 to 2006, the Japan Grand Prix was held annually at the Suzuka Circuit, before moving back to its original venue at Fuji Speedway in 2007. From 2008, the grand prix was planned to be held alternately at the Fuji Speedway and Suzuka circuits, but Fuji Speedway withdrew as host in 2009. Suzuka Circuit is 50 kilometers south west of Nagoya, Japan’s third largest city, and it is liked by the drivers and teams. The track is owned by Honda, having originally been built in 1962 as a test track for its road cars and motorbikes.

INDIAN GRAND PRIX
October 2013, Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh)
In 2007, Vijay Mallya introduced the first Formula-1 team of India, with the name ‘Force India Formula One Team Limited’. He himself is the Principal of the team. The base of the Indian Formula 1 team remains in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. The team was earlier called the ‘Spyker F1’. It was rechristened to ‘Force India’, which represents the increased Indian participation in the team.
Budd International Circuit is designed by the Jaypee Group, while the location of the event has been designed by a German architect Hermann Tilke, who is the official designer of F1 circuits.

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX
November 2013, Sao Paolo
Brazilian Grand prix, held at Sao Paulo, Brazil, has witnessed some of the most exciting and memorable races in the Formula 1 history. One of the most exciting circuits on the F1 calendar, driving here is pleasure for drivers.
In the 1970s, when Emerson Fittipaldi tasted success on international level, the Brazilians decided that they would also have a Grand Prix. In 1973 the track hosted its first championship Grand Prix. Fittipaldi, Carlos Pace and Carlos Reutemann distributed the spoils among themselves in the 1970s. In early 1980s a $15m redevelopment program was agreed here. Those were the heydays of Ayrton Senna.

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
November 2013, Austin
The United States Grand Prix is a motor race which has been run on and off since 1908, when it was known as the American Grand Prize. The race later became part of the Formula One World Championship. Over 41 editions, the race has been held at nine locations, most recently in 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race is due to return to the F1 calendar in the 2012 season at Austin, Texas on 18 November 2012.