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Formula 1 circuits
Since the start of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, 76 tracks have hosted a Grand Prix race, with Las Vegas set to add to that tally in 2023. 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 have their own F1 fixtures.
The 2023 Formula 1 season is again scheduled to start with the Bahrain Grand Prix in March and end in Abu Dhabi in November.
Ongoing problems with the coronavirus pandemic continue to affect plans, with an April trip to Shanghai in China cancelled, while the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola had to be abandoned due to adverse weather conditions, dropping the number of rounds to 22, the same as last year.
There is a debut for the Las Vegas Grand Prix planned for the penultimate round in November, with a Saturday night race, while Qatar returns after a two-year absence.
Here you’ll find the proposed 2023 F1 timetable and some interesting facts and figures about each GP circuit.
F1 race calendar 2023
Grand Prix dates and circuits
March 5 – Bahrain (Sakhir) – Preview
March 19 – Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) – Preview
April 2 – Australia (Melbourne) – Preview
April 30 – Azerbaijan (Baku) – Preview
May 7 – Miami (Miami) – Preview
May 21 – Emilia Romagna (Imola) – Cancelled
May 28 – Monaco (Monaco) – Preview
June 4 – Spain (Barcelona) – Preview
June 18 – Canada (Montreal) – Preview
July 2 – Austria (Spielberg) – Preview
July 9 – Great Britain (Silverstone) – Preview
July 23 – Hungary (Budapest) – Preview
July 30 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps) – Preview
August 27 – Netherlands (Zandvoort) – Preview
September 3 – Italy (Monza) – Preview
September 17 – Singapore (Singapore) – Preview
September 24 – Japan (Suzuka) – Preview
October 8 – Qatar (Lusail) – Preview
October 22 – USA (Austin) – Preview
October 29 – Mexico (Mexico City) – Preview
November 5 – Brazil (Sao Paulo) – Preview
November 18 – Las Vegas (Las Vegas) – Preview
November 26 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Island) – Preview
Bahrain International Circuit
Venue for the Bahrain Grand Prix, March 5
The track is 5.41 kilometres long and extremely curvy, but it’s considered to be one of the safest thanks to the vast run-off areas. The 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix, won by Michael Schumacher for Ferrari, was the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East.
What makes the Bahrain Grand Prix special?
Due to its location in the middle of the desert, an adhesive has to be sprayed on the sand around the circuit to keep it from being blown on the track during the race. Winners of the Bahrain Grand Prix do not get to spray champagne. Instead the organisers provide the drivers with Waard, a local soft drink made from rosewater and pomegranates.
Jeddah Corniche Circuit
Venue for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, March 19
In 2021, a first running of this race was staged alongside the Red Sea in the port city of Jeddah on a new circuit designed by German engineer Hermann Tilke, who has worked on fresh projects in Sepang, Bahrain, Shanghai, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Sochi and Baku. Tilke has been criticised for building boring tracks, but Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Faisal, the president of Saudi Arabia’s motorsport federation, said: “Our goal is to make it an exciting and thrilling race. We don’t want it to be one of those boring races where there is no overtaking.”
What makes the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix special?
This was the second circuit to stage a full night race. It is based around the beautiful corniche on the seafront of Saudi Arabia’s second-biggest city, so some spectacular sights are guaranteed. Prince Khalid added: “I can promise you it’s going to stand out. It’s not only about the scenery…for us, racing needs to be exciting, needs to be fast. We want to create a street race where it looks nice, the event, the environment is nice, but at the same time it’s a thrilling race.”
Albert Park Circuit
Venue for the Australian Grand Prix, April 2
Albert Park Circuit, officially named Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, is a street circuit around a lake in Melbourne. It has hosted the Australian Grand Prix since 1996. The track is 5.3 kilometres long and features 16 corners: 10 right turns and six left turns. Albert Park is a fast and relatively easy circuit, therefore it offers few opportunities for overtaking. Drivers can go at full throttle about 65% of the lap.
What makes the Australian Grand Prix special?
The picturesque waterfront location of the Melbourne track has inspired new circuits like Marina Bay in Singapore and Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi. Compared to other street circuits, the track is quite smooth, but it has virtually no grip until a lot of rubber is laid down during the weekend.
Baku City Circuit
Venue for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, April 30
Baku City Circuit is a street circuit in Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan on the Caspian Sea. The track is 6 kilometres long and features 20 turns: eight to right and 12 to left.
What makes the Azerbaijan Grand Prix special?
Despite a very narrow section through the medieval centre of Baku, it is one of the fastest F1 tracks on the calendar, with a straight stretch of 2.2 km. Unlike most F1 circuits, the driving direction is anti-clockwise.
Miami International Autodrome
Venue for the Miami Grand Prix, May 7
The specially-designed track is 3.36 miles (5.41 km) long and features 19 corners. An average speed of around 138 mph is forecast for a race run around the Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins NFL team, with a top speed of 198 mph. Overtaking opportunities were at the forefront of designers’ minds when shaping the track, with two key passing spots identified.
What makes the Miami Grand Prix special?
Up to 75 circuit designs were considered for this new venture, with 36 races being simulated. Freshly-laid temporary sections and existing roads are used within the stadium grounds, but no public streets. It’s predominantly flat, but there are some small undulations to the land, which designers have integrated into the circuit.
Imola – Cancelled
Venue for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, May 21
The track – one of the few circuits to run in an anti-clockwise direction – has undergone major work since 2007 and its exile from Formula One. A bypass to the Variante Bassa chicane was added for cars, making the run from Rivazza 2 to the first Tamburello chicane totally flat-out. The old pit garages and paddock have been demolished and completely rebuilt while the pit lane was extended and resurfaced.
What makes the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix special?
San Marino venue Imola – which is named after Ferrari’s late founder, Enzo Ferrari, and his son Alfredo – was inaugurated in 1953 and is synonymous with the death of triple world champion Ayrton Senna in 1994. Senna was killed at the flat-out Tamburello corner, the day after Austrian Roland Ratzenberger crashed into a wall and was killed during Saturday qualifying. After Senna’s death, the Tamburello corner was reduced to a fourth gear left-right sweeper, and a gravel trap was added on the outside of the corner.
Circuit de Monaco
Venue for the Monaco Grand Prix, May 28
The Prince of the street circuits, running along Monte Carlo harbour, and at 3,340 km the shortest track on the F1 calendar. Narrow, and almost without run-off areas, it’s considered the ultimate test for pilot skills. Circuit de Monaco boasts the slowest corner in F1, that forces pilots to slow down to 50 km.
What makes the Monaco Grand Prix special?
Winning in Monaco is the most glamorous victory of all. Since there are few points where overtaking is possible, the starting position is even more important than on other circuits. A unique challenge is the tunnel: drivers have to adjust their vision as they emerge in the daylight at the fastest point of the track. Perhaps the most special tidbit of information about this street circuit is that before the race, manhole covers are welded down because the down force created by an F1 car would rip them off.
Circuit de Catalunya
Venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, June 4
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 Gilles Villeneuve
Venue for the Canadian Grand Prix, June 18
Named after the Canadian Ferrari driver who died in a crash during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder, the circuit is situated on the Ile de Notre Dame, a man-made island in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River in Montreal. The track is 4.36 kilometres long and has 13 corners with eight right turns and five left turns.
What makes the Canadian Grand Prix special?
The Canadian F1 circuit has long straight stretches, which favours teams with the best and most durable car performances. The barriers on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are notoriously close to the track. Many famous drivers, including Villeneuve himself and Michael Schumacher, have ended their race in one of them.
Red Bull Ring
Venue for the Austrian Grand Prix, July 2
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 is 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 British Grand Prix, July 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.
Venue for the Hungarian Grand Prix, July 23
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, with Hamilton successful eight times, while Esteban Ocon sprung a surprise in 2021. 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.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Venue for the Belgian Grand Prix, July 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. In 2021, just one lap was completed at full pace due to very wet conditions, with half points awarded.
Circuit Park Zandvoort
Venue for the Netherlands Grand Prix, August 27
This 4.3-kilometre track is situated on the coast, around 40 minutes west of Amsterdam via train. Races start and finish halfway up a long straight tailor-made for overtaking, while the rest of the circuit is made up mostly of twists and turns.
What makes the Dutch Grand Prix special?
The race was staged 34 times between 1948 and 1985, with all bar the first four of those events forming part of the Formula One World Championship. Ferrari claimed victory on nine occasions, while the leading driver was Britain’s Jim Clark, with four wins, ahead of Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda on three. Since its return in 2021, Dutch hero Max Verstappen has won both races as part of his title triumphs, sending the home fans wild in a sea of orange.
Venue for the Italian Grand Prix, September 3
This 5,79 kilometres long track close to Milan 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 of 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.
Marina Bay Street Circuit
Venue for the Singapore Grand Prix, September 17
The Singapore Grand Prix is an outsider on the F1 calendar, as it is held in the night. Marina Bay Street Circuit is 5.07 kilometres long and the driving direction is anti-clockwise. Like most street circuits, it has few run-off areas and offers little opportunities for overtaking.
What makes the Singapore Grand Prix special?
It’s one of the slowest circuits around, with walls and curbs close to the track. The 90-degree corners and bumpy surface give drivers no chance to relax. Marina Bay is extremely tough on tyres. Starting on pole position is the best chance to end up with the champagne.
Suzuka International Racing Course
Venue for the Japanese Grand Prix, September 24
Suzuka is a very fast circuit, 5.81 kilometres long, with 18 corners: 10 right turns and eight left turns. The large number of fast corners and the unpredictable weather are tough on tyres. On no other circuit do as many cars end up in the gravel as here.
What makes the Japanese Grand Prix special?
The track has the shape of a figure eight: one section passes over the other by means of an overpass. This means the driving direction is both clockwise and anti-clockwise. Suzuka is a drivers’ favourite, as the alternation between fast and slow corners offers them the chance to expose all their talents.
Lusail International Circuit
Venue for the Qatar Grand Prix, October 8
Lusail has been a regular venue for MotoGP racing since 2004 and lights were added three years later. Sergio Perez once won two GP2 Asia events there and stated: “I remember that it was very smooth, because it was done for MotoGP. I think it will be a good place.” The F1 circuit is just under 5.5 km in length, with a main straight of 1.068 km. It has 16 turns and is surrounded by artificial grass to stop sand encroaching on the track.
What makes the Qatar Grand Prix special?
Following on from Singapore, Bahrain and Sakhir, this is the fourth full night race on the F1 calendar. The inaugural edition took place in November 2021 as part of a revamped schedule to cover the Coronavirus pandemic, when it became the 30th different circuit where Hamilton was successful. After a year off to focus on staging the FIFA World Cup, Qatar was handed a 10-year deal and an F1 statement said: “The step from the gesture to be helpful to F1 in 2021 to a long-term strategy was short and simple and the vision for F1 to be the showcase for Qatar after the World Cup was the driving force.”
Circuit of the Americas
Venue for the United States Grand Prix, October 22
This circuit near Austin, Texas, is 5.5 km long and has 20 corners: nine right turns and 11 left turns. The driving direction is anti-clockwise. The lay-out is partly based on the Silverstone and Hockenheim circuits. It is a recent circuit, officially opened in October 2012, with Mario Andretti running the ceremonial first laps in a Lotus 79. The Circuit of the Americas also hosts MotoGP events.
What makes the American Grand Prix special?
The elevation difference of 40.5 metres offers special problems to drivers. A nice feature of the circuit is the wide corners. They encourage drivers to follow multiple racing lines, which makes for exciting overtaking battles.
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
Venue for the Mexican Grand Prix, October 29
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City measures 4.304 km and has 17 turns. It is named after two Mexican brothers, who both died in racing accidents. Due to the many high-speed corners, it’s one of the faster circuits on the F1 calendar. The circuit is not only used for car races: the Mexico City marathon also finishes with a lap on the track.
What makes the Mexican Grand Prix special?
For one, the track is notoriously bumpy. Another challenge is the elevation: at 2,285 metres the air is thin, which poses problems to both drivers and engineers.
Venue for the Brazilian Grand Prix, November 5
This 4.309 km long circuit in Sao Paulo runs counter-clockwise and features 15 turns. The official name is Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, after a Brazilian Formula One driver who died in a 1977 plane crash. The circuit has hosted the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1972. Apart from car racing, the track is also used for cycling races.
What makes the Brazilian Grand Prix special?
The combination of a section with tight and slow corners and a long straight make it one of the most varied circuits around, with lots of exciting overtaking opportunities. The hilly ground, the heat and the unpredictable weather conditions add to the challenges the Brazilian Grand Prix offers to both drivers and cars.
Las Vegas Street Circuit
Venue for the Las Vegas Grand Prix, November 18
The 6.116 km circuit features 17 corners and a 1.9 km straight down the famous Las Vegas Strip. It runs anti-clockwise, there will be two DRS Zones and it is estimated there will be a top speed of over 210mph. This will be the 12th track used in the USA.
What makes the Las Vegas Grand Prix special?
Michele Alboreto won the 1982 Caesars Palace Grand Prix and now F1 will return to Sin City after a 41-year absence. This will be a night race and unusually will take place on Saturday. Drivers will speed past iconic hotels such as the Venetian, Caesars Palace and the Bellagio. Jenson Button told Williams Racing: “The atmosphere will be electric. Las Vegas is such a cool place and then to bring F1 into the equation, it will be the perfect show! It’s going to be bonkers how busy the Las Vegas Grand Prix will be, but it’s certainly going to be spectacular.”
Yas Marina Circuit
Venue for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, November 26
The Yas Marina Circuit is 5.55 km long and has 21 corners: nine right turns and 12 left turns. The driving direction is anti-clockwise. The track is built on an island which also features the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. The combination of some long straights and lots of hairpins make it a varied and exciting track, where overtaking is extremely challenging.
What makes the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix special?
Besides its unique location on an island, it is the only circuit where all the grandstands are covered to protect spectators from the desert sun. Another unique feature of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is that is starts in daylight and ends in the dark.