1. Nurburging Nordschleife
A legendary circuit with immense motorsport history, the ‘Green Hell’ features a staggering 154 corners and measures 21 kilometres in length. It includes every type of turn imaginable and continues to host events (like the recent Nurburgring 24 Hours). You can even drive it yourself!
Home of the Belgian Grand Prix, this charming track is set in the Ardennes countryside and has a rich history in F1 and motorsport. It is a fan and driver favourite, with iconic corners like the Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex and Pouhon, stunning scenery and great racing guaranteed.
The current location of the Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka is a sweeping, quick track with a unique figure-of-eight layout and a range of different corners. It features the renowned 130R, ‘S’ Curves and the Degner Curve and has been the scene of some truly incredible motorsport moments, like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost’s 1989 collision at the chicane.
4. Circuit de la Sarthe
Le Mans – arguably the most famous motorsport event in the world. The first race took place in 1923 and it has been an annual feature on the motorsport calendar since 1949. The Circuit de la Sarthe is a mix of public roads and race track, and is the ultimate test of machinery, with incredible corners like the Dunlop Curve, the Esses and the Porsche Curves.
5. Mount Panorama
Set in a beautiful location, Mount Panorama – or ‘Bathurst’ as it is often called – is one of the greatest race tracks in the world. It is technically a street track as it’s run on public roads. With steep inclines, long straights and quick corners, it’s a tough challenge for drivers and is the host of the iconic Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000 races.
6. Laguna Seca
The California race track features 11 corners, with the most famous being the “Corkscrew” chicane – one of motorsport’s most difficult turns, with an uphill approach, blind apex and dramatic drop downhill. The popular circuit currently hosts sportscar and motorbike racing.
7. Circuit de Monaco
The street track around the Principality of Monaco has changed very little since it debuted on the F1 calendar in 1950 and remains a difficult one to master. With quick corners like Piscine mixed in with tight hairpins and barriers surrounding the circuit, there is no margin for error. The Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in F1’s crown and the track remains a fan’s firm favourite.
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is one of the oldest tracks on the F1 calendar, but its future currently looks uncertain. The super-quick circuit is mainly made up of long straights and tight chicanes. With a unique layout and packed grandstands full of enthusiastic fans (mainly Ferrari supporters), the Italian Grand Prix is always a special event.
Known as the ‘home of British motorsport’, Silverstone is the UK’s most famous track and features some of the best corners in F1 – including Copse and the Maggotts/Becketts complex. Despite the current layout differing greatly compared to the original, it remains one of the few ‘old-school’ circuits in the sport. It’s a busy and popular track, with a range of other championships (like FIA WEC and BTCC), racing there.
Autódromo José Carlos Pace is the current host of the Brazilian Grand Prix and stages a range of other racing events throughout the year. It’s another classic circuit, with sweeping, quick bends and long straights always producing exciting on-track action. Also known by its former name ‘Interlagos’, it’s been the scene of many classic moments in F1, including Senna’s first win on home soil in 1991 and Lewis Hamilton’s late title success in 2008.