26 Mar 2012

Fun facts about F1 Circuits

Which track has NOT hosted the British Grand Prix?

Donington Park. Donington Park has only ever hosted one Grand Prix, in 1993, and was titled the European GP.

The British GP in 1993 was held at Silverstone. Silverstone hosted the race in 1950-1954, 56, 58, 60, 63 then every odd year until 1985 then from 1987 onwards. Brands Hatch hosted the race every even year from 1964 to 1986. Aintree hosted the race in 1955, 57, 59, 61-62.

How long was the Nurburgring circuit which hosted the German Grand Prix between 1951 and 1975?

14.17 miles. The circuit, built in 1925, gained the reputation as a fearsome race circuit, and one on only the greats would win at.

However, the Nurburgring does not hold the distinction of the longest circuit ever - that record belongs to Pescara (16 miles), which hosted a Formula One race in 1957.

How many circuits hosted the French GP from 1965 to 1968?

4. For the poor French spectators, four circuits hosted the French Grand Prix in four years. Clermont-Ferrand hosted the race in 1965, Reims in 1966, Le Mans (Bugatti) in 1967 and Rouen-les-Essarts in 1968.

Indeed, the French Grand Prix never found a permanent home until 1985 when the Paul Ricard circuit hosted the race from 1985-1990. Then Magny Cours (Circuit de Nevers) took over hosting duties from 1991 onwards.

Before being renamed the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, what name was given to the Montreal circuit that hosted the Canadian Grand Prix from 1978?

Ile Notre Dame. The Il Notre Dame circuit was renamed after the death of the great Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve in 1983.

The site was also the host of the World Expo in 1967, and was also the location of the rowing events during the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Name the only track ever to host the Dutch Grand Prix?


Zandvoort hosted its first race in 1952, and held the race 30 times between then and 1985, when the race was dropped due to an expanding calender and also safety concerns about the Zandvoort circuit.

Which is not a name of a corner on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit?

Parabolica. The Parabolica is the name of the final corner at the Monza circuit.

Eau Rouge is a fearsome left-right-left downhill sweeper just after the La Source hairpin. Les Combes is a tricky right-left chicane after the straight out of Kemmel. Blanchimont is a long fast left hander after Stavelot.

Despite the success of Australian drivers, Australia did not host a round of the F1 World Championship until 1985. The city chosen to host the race was?


The race took part on the city streets and also in Victoria Park Racecourse, where the start-finish line was located. At just 2.350 miles, it was one of the shortest circuits on the calender, a real machine breaker but also a great end of season race.

Where was the first Portuguese Grand Prix held?

Oporto. Oporto hosted the Portuguese in 1958 (won by Stirling Moss) and 1960 (won by Jack Brabham.) Lisbon hosted the race in 1959 (won by Stirling Moss.) Estoril hosted its first race in 1984 (won by Alain Prost). Jerez is located in Spain.

Indianapolis had never played host to a Formula One World Championship round prior to 2000?

Indianapolis had indeed played host to a World Championship round, from 1950-1960 when the Indianapolis 500 was included on the calender.

However, Europeans rarely made the trek to compete in the famous oval race.

What is the name of the first corner at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit?

Ste Devote. Ste Devote is a slow right hand bend just after the start, and the scene of many accidents over the years.

Tabac is a left hand bend after the Nouvelle Chicane. Casino is a quick-ish left hand bend after the run up the hill from Ste Devote. Loews is the slowest corner on the circuits, a left turn hairpin after Mirabeau.


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