The circuit uses everyday sections of road that circle Albert Park Lake, a small man-altered lake just south of the Central Business District of Melbourne. The road sections that are used were rebuilt prior to the inaugural event in 1996 to ensure consistency and smoothness. As a result, compared to other circuits that are held on public roads, the Albert Park track has quite a smooth surface.
The course is considered to be quite fast and relatively easy to drive, drivers having commented that the consistent placement of corners allows them to easily learn the circuit and achieve competitive times. However, the flat terrain around the lake, coupled with a track design that features few true straights, means that the track is not conducive to overtaking or easy spectating unless in possession of a grandstand seat.
The Shanghai International Circuit was designed as the race circuit for the new millennium. And the modern track, with its stunning architecture, has achieved its goal of becoming China's gateway to the world of Formula One racing since it debuted on the calendar in 2004.
Not only is the course remarkable for its change of acceleration and deceleration within different winding turns, making high demands on the driver as well as the car, but also for its high-speed straights. These offer crucial overtaking opportunities and give an intense and exciting motorsport experience to the spectators.
Located at Sakhir, 30 km south-west of the island's capital, Manama, the Hermann Tilke designed circuit contains no less than five track layouts within one complex.
The original 5.412 km Grand Prix circuit was designed with the spectator in mind, with 50,000 grandstand seats, all providing excellent views. Those spectators (a total of 100,000 over a race weekend) get to see the cars heading into the external desert area, before coming back into the oasis-styled infield.
The 5.853-kilometer circuit is located within Sochi’s dazzling Olympic Park and winds its way around many of the architecturally eye-catching venues that were built for the Games.
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is situated to the north of the city. Built as part of the development program for the 1992 Olympic Games, the track was actually finished in time for the 1991 Spanish Grand Prix.
Considered to be one of the best designed circuits of the recent era, the Circuito de Catalunya won the much coveted IRTA ‘Best Grand Prix’ trophy for 2001 and has a general admission capacity of 104,000 spectators.
The Armco barrier-lined circuit leaves no margin for error, demanding more concentration than any other Formula One track. Cars run with maximum downforce and brakes are worked hard. Overtaking is next to impossible so qualifying in Monaco is more critical than at any other Grand Prix.
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a 4.36 kilometers track and is laid out on the Ile Notre Dame, a man-made island which was built to host Expo 1967. The original layout was designed by Roger Peart, the president of the Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs.
2016 will be the first year the F1 driver’s will experience the six kilometer anti-clockwise layout that was designed by architect Herman Tilke. The circuit will start adjacent to Azadliq Square, then loop around Government House before heading west to Maiden Tower. Here, the track will have a narrow uphill traversal and then circle the Old City before opening up onto a 2.2 km (1.4 mi) stretch along Neftchilar Avenue back to the start line.
As you might expect for a track situated at over 600m above sea level, the Spielberg circuit is particularly undulating and provides fans with the opportunity to see cars racing flat out against what is arguably the most breath-taking natural backdrop on the F1 calendar.
From a driver’s perspective, Silverstone is a 5.8 kilometers track with some of the most formidable on the Formula One calendar. The track, a former World War II aerodrome, is fast and a quick lap time requires bravery and finesse.
The Hungaroring track is situated 20 kilometers north of Budapest, so the Hungarian Grand Prix gives you the perfect opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful cities in central Europe. Known as the ‘Paris of central Europe’ and ‘the Queen of the Danube’, Budapest is adorned with beautiful architecture, most of which was built towards the end of the 19th century when the city enjoyed a boom during the industrial revolution. The four ornate bridges that link Buda and Pest were built at this time. The weather is invariably hot around race time, which only adds to the enjoyment of your visit.
In 2002 the 4.57 kilometer circuit underwent major alterations for safety reasons, with the new layout significantly reducing the speed of the circuit and increasing the spectator seating available. Now two-thirds the length of the original track, only the twisty ‘Motodrom’ section at the end of the lap remained from the previous circuit.
Aside from being the home to one of the greatest circuits on the Formula One calendar, Spa is recognized throughout the world for its water. The Romans were the first people to discover its natural springs deep in the Ardennes countryside, and people still visit the town today in search of hydrotherapy. The biggest industry in the town is the famous bottled water company, Spa. The bright lights of Liege and Brussels are a 40-minute and two-hour drive respectively, so there is something for everyone at the Belgian Grand Prix.
No track gets a Formula One fan's pulse racing faster than Monza. It’s the quickest circuit on the calendar and also one of the most evocative: the old banking - last used in 1961 - is clearly visible, as are some of the old stands. And when you combine the track’s merits with the cultural delights of nearby Milan, you are left with one of the most alluring races of the season.
The Sepang International Circuit is a motorsport race track in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia. It is located near Kuala Lumpur International Airport, approximately 45 km south of the capital city Kuala Lumpur.
The Singapore Grand Prix is Formula One racing’s only night race, staged on an exciting 5.073-kilometre (3.152-mile) street track in the heart of this colorful and cosmopolitan city. The race is floodlit, and the bright lights of the city’s financial center in the background give the race a unique atmosphere.
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. In recent years there has been an increasing number of Japanese sponsors in Formula One racing, and with them has come a surge in interest within Japan. Nowhere in the world are the fans more knowledgeable or enthusiastic.
The first-ever purpose-built Formula One facility in the US, the Circuit of The Americas is a 20-turn, anticlockwise, gradient-changing addition to the F1 calendar, with seating for up to 120,000 fans. Those in the main grandstand on the start-finish straight get, in true US style, the benefit of an in-seat food and beverage service; those in the stand at Turn One, which sits atop a dramatic 133-foot elevation, enjoy a view all the way to downtown Austin; and those in the Stadium Section stands at Turns 15/16, next to the circuit’s facility-filled Grand Plaza, get to see the most up-close racing action.
The first Gran Prix race held at the track in Mexico City was in 1963. The track is 4.484 kilometers named after the famous racing driver Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez. The circuit is located within the public park of the Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City.
The Interlagos track is 16 kilometers south of Sao Paulo’s city center and provides the drivers and engineers with many challenges, not least because the track runs in an anti-clockwise direction and is at high altitude, which makes it tough for the engines. The atmosphere on race day is fantastic, with the fans almost tribal in their appreciation of local heroes.
The 5.55-kilometre (3.45-mile) Yas Marina Circuit is a suitably glamorous addition to the FIA Formula One World Championship. The track has many unique touches. It runs alongside the island’s spectacular marina; it passes under the new 5-star Yas Viceroy hotel and alongside a new 60-metre sun tower. The exit of the pit lane even crosses under the circuit.