Formula 1 is simply spectacular. Top drivers in the fastest, most technologically-advanced racing cars on the planet, doing battle for the ultimate prize – the world championship.
The circuits are often as incredible as the racing, from traditional grand prix tracks boasting decades of history, to ultra-modern facilities setting new standards for design.
Here are the top 10 circuits that we think every F1 fan should see.
Albert Park, Australian Grand Prix
The Australian Grand Prix venue is a must-visit for F1 fans with serious wanderlust.
The circuit itself is fast and flowing, the unique blend of street and permanent track features making it a real challenge for drivers.
And with the bustling Melbourne CBD on one side, and the eclectic seaside village of St Kilda on the other, you won’t be short of options for post-race socializing.
Monaco Grand Prix
The jewel in Formula 1’s crown. Modern grand prix cars outgrew the famous Monaco street circuit decades ago, but nobody cares.
Monaco is about the spectacle of watching great drivers thread the 900-horsepower needle through the Principality. It’s about the glamour and being seen in beautiful places with beautiful people.
There are no bad seats at the Monaco Grand Prix. If you love Formula 1, this one has got to be top of the bucket list.
Marina Bay, Singapore Grand Prix
Singapore is spectacular enough all on its own. But throw a Formula 1 race right in the city centre, under lights, no less, and you have something truly special.
As the only night time street race on the Formula 1 calendar, the Singapore Grand Prix has become a modern classic. Not only is the backdrop stunning, but Formula 1 cars just look faster under lights.
Having Singapore and its amazing night life literally surrounding the circuit caps off an incredible fan experience.
Monza, Italian Grand Prix
The home of the Italian Grand Prix is one of the most traditional circuits on the calendar, its history dating back to the 1920s.
Thanks to the ‘tifosi’, the passionate band of Ferrari supporters, race day at Monza feels as much like a soccer match as it does a motor race.
A Ferrari driver winning the Italian Grand Prix takes it a new level, as shown by Charles Leclerc’s stunning victory for the ‘Scuderia’ this year.
Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexican Grand Prix
Like in Italy, it’s the crowd atmosphere that makes the latest incarnation of the Mexican Grand Prix so special.
The circuit features a unique stadium section built around the tight, twisty Turns 13/14/15 complex. Packed with fans cheering on local hero Sergio Perez, the stadium has quickly become a modern icon in grand prix racing.
Silverstone, British Grand Prix
The famous British circuit is steeped in history, with the first race of the modern F1 era having taken place at Silverstone back in 1950.
Having been recently redeveloped, Silverstone now has modern, world-class facilities. The circuit itself, however, is still deliciously old school, retaining the fast, open nature that exposes its air base roots.
Red Bull Ring, Austrian Grand Prix
Set to a stunning Styrian backdrop, the Red Bull Ring is another blend of classic flair and modern design.
Its latest stint as a grand prix venue has been underpinned by Austrian drinks giant Red Bull, which means little expense has been spared.
Between the rolling hillsides, the flowing track layout and the local love for Red Bull Racing, a trip to Spielberg is sure to impress.
Circuit of the Americas, US Grand Prix
Since joining the F1 calendar in 2012, the annual trip to COTA has become a favorite for drivers, teams and fans.
That’s partly due to the track, with its unique uphill run to the first turn and flowing, technical layout.
But the real drawcard is Austin and its famous night life, which over a race weekend attracts people from all walks of F1 life.
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgian Grand Prix
Pouhon, Les Combes, La Source… Spa-Francorchamps, nestled in the Ardennes, is home to some of the world’s most famous corners.
But none are bigger, better or faster than the Belgian circuit’s calling card – Eau Rouge. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a single more spectacular place to watch Formula 1 cars.
Adding to the Spa spectacle are the thousands of Dutch fans that flock across the border, all dressed in orange, to passionately support Max Verstappen.
Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix venue encapsulates the modern opulence that the Middle East is famous for. But while it may be the new kid on the block in terms of Formula 1 circuits, the marina itself – packed with the yachts of the rich and famous – gives it an old school grand prix feel.
Adding to the spectacle is the grand finish under lights, which marks the end of the season and the crowning of a new world champion.
To fully immerse in the experience, stay in one of the many luxury hotels on Yas Island. You may even find that your room overlooks the circuit.