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Formula 1 circuits
Since the start of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, 71 race tracks have hosted a Grand Prix race. Silverstone, the venue for the first Formula 1 GP, has featured on the F1 schedule almost ever since, but many former F1 tracks have disappeared from the Grand Prix calendar. With the globalization of Formula One racing, new countries have joined, and Asia and Eastern Europe now usualy have their own F1 fixtures.
A revamped 2020 Formula 1 season starts with an Austrian GP double-header in July and is currently set to end in Italy in September. F1 has published an eight-race European calendar, although owners Liberty are hoping to eventually stage between 15 and 18 grands prix this year. Here you’ll find the F1 timetable and some interesting facts and figures about each GP circuit so far confirmed.
F1 race calendar 2020
Grand Prix dates and circuits
July 5 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 12 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 19 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 2 – Great Britain (Silverstone)
August 9 – Great Britain (Silverstone)
August 16 – Spain (Barcelona)
August 30 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 6 – Italy (Monza)
Red Bull Ring
Venue for the Austrian Grand Prix, July 5 & 12
This circuit, formerly known as A1-Ring, is 4.326 kilometres long with a total of only eight turns: six right and two left. It’s located near the city of Spielberg in a beautiful hilly landscape and has hosted races since 1969.
What makes the Austrian Grand Prix special?
It’s a very fast circuit, with few and relatively quick corners and long straight stretches. Drivers go full throttle on more than 70% of the lap and the most powerful cars are clearly favoured. Due to the curvy downhill parts, Red Bull Ring can be tricky under wet conditions.
Venue for the Hungarian Grand Prix, July 19
The 1986 Hungarian Grand Prix, won by Nelson Piquet, was the first Formula One Grand Prix to take place behind the Iron Curtain. Since then the Hungarian GP has been on the schedule every year. Hungaroring is 4,381 km long and notably twisty and bumpy.
What makes the Hungarian Grand Prix special?
The many corners, few straight sections, the heat and the dust conspire to make racing on this track a tough challenge for both drivers and cars. Overtaking is extremely difficult on Hungaroring, and a good start position is often decisive for success.
Venue for the British Grand Prix, August 2 & 9
A former Second World War Royal Air Force airfield, Silverstone Circuit is 5.89 kilometres long and features 18 corners: 10 right-handers and eight left-handers. The fast curves are very demanding on the drivers, due to the extremely high compression forces.
What makes the British Grand Prix special?
Apart from being a beautiful and fast track, Silverstone is a stronghold of tradition, where many legends were born. The very first world Championship GP was held here in 1950. Among the 21 drivers that took the start was Prince Birabongse Bhanudej Bhanubandh of the Thai royal family, who qualified fifth in his Maserati but ran out of fuel during the race.
Circuit de Catalunya
Venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, August 16
Circuit de Catalunya is situated 32 kilometres from Barcelona. The track is 4.65 kilometres long, with 16 corners: nine right turns and seven left turns. Top-end speed is decisive on this fast circuit with its long straights. The track is often used for test driving during the winter months, so the teams know the course inside out.
What makes the Spanish Grand Prix special?
Aerodynamics are one of the main success factors on the Spanish GP track. Close to the sea, it is subject to unpredictable weather conditions, especially strong winds that can destabilise the car’s aerodynamic balance.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Venue for the Belgian Grand Prix, August 30
This hill circuit in The Ardennes is 7 kilometres long, with 19 fast and medium fast corners: nine right turns and 10 left turns. It is the longest track on the F1 calendar and generally considered one of the most challenging, combining F1’s longest straight with difficult curves.
What makes the Belgian Grand Prix special?
Not surprisingly for anyone who knows the Belgian Ardennes, it’s the weather. This is always unpredictable and more often than not rainy. At one time in the long GP tradition of the circuit, it rained for 20 years in a row. The rain often falls in short showers that occur in parts of the circuit, leaving other parts dry. Tyre changes during the race are very common here, and a crucial factor for success.
Autodromo di Monza
Venue for the Italian Grand Prix, September 6
This 5,79 kilometres long track close to Milano was constructed in 1922, one of the first purpose-built racing tracks in the world. The history of the circuit is closely linked to that other great Italian name in F1: Ferrari. Monza is one of the fastest circuits on the F1 schedule, 75% of the lap drivers go full throttle.
What makes the Italian Grand Prix special?
Apart from the atmosphere, with tens of thousands knowledgeable and enthusiastic ‘tifosi’, Monza is guaranteed to offer spectacular racing. The combination of long straight stretches and narrow chicanes is a challenge to both drivers and cars. At the end of the race, brakes and bodies are completely worn out.