Most Prestigious Races in the World
When it comes to most prestigious F1 races in the world, it is hard to select a particular number of these thrilling events. However, fans from all over the world know their answer without a lot of thinking, even though they have different opinions when it comes to the best circuits and Formula One venues.
Nevertheless, observing the publicity and glamor, it is easy to see that Monaco Grand Prix is certainly the most prestigious race when it comes to F1. Furthermore, it is probably due to the certain charm which this race offers for both drivers and audience. Besides, the street track of Monaco Grand Prix which goes around the Principality of Monaco has changed very little in its long history. This circuit was first debuted on the F1 calendar in 1950. Still, it remains difficult to master. The track includes many quick corners like Piscine. In addition to the tight hairpins and barriers surrounding the circuit drivers have no place for errors, which makes the race exciting and dangerous at the same time. These are the main reasons why Monaco Grand Prix is the jewel in F1’s crown as well as fan’s firm favorite.
Italian Monza is certainly one of the races which hold lots of prestige, history, and memories. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is among the oldest Formula One tracks in the calendar, built in 1922. However, after many bright as well as black days, the future of this race currently looks uncertain. Monza is a super-quick circuit, mainly made up of long straights and tight chicanes. Furthermore, it offers a unique layout as well as grandstands full of enthusiastic fans which make the Italian Grand Prix a special event.
Silverstone, which is known as the ‘home of British motorsport’deserves to be on the list because of many reasons. Primarily, Silverstone is the UK’s most famous track which features some of the best corners that can be seen in F1 such as Copse and the Maggotts/Becketts complex. It is necessary to point out that the current layout changed to a great extent in comparison to the original. Nevertheless, the venue remains one of the few ‘old-school’ circuits in the sport. Silverstone offers busy and popular track which host a range of other championships apart from F1 such as FIA WEC and BTCC.
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which is held since 2009 presents another generation of F1 circuits and races. It is definitely necessary to be on the list concerning the growing interest and investments of the Arab world in this sport. The Yas Marina Circuit designed by Hermann Tilke saw its inaugural race which became Formula One's first ever day-night race.
Most of the fans enjoy interesting circuits which offer a lot of place for the uncertain race. One of these places is the home of the Belgian Grand Prix. This wonderful track is set in the Ardennes countryside and offers a rich history of both Formula One as well as motorsport. Therefore, this race is definitely, both fan and driver favorite, which includes iconic corners such as the Eau Rouge/Raidillon complex and Pouhon. The circuit also offers stunning scenery, and a great racing is guaranteed.
It is also necessary to mention another historical place – Suzuka, which is the current location of the Japanese Grand Prix. This sweeping, quick track with a unique figure-of-eight layout as well as a range of different corners was designed in 1962 as Honda test track. The circuit features the renowned 130R, ‘S’ Curves and the Degner Curve and it has been modified four times in the history. Furthermore, the circuit witnessed some incredible motorsport moments, including 1989 collision of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost’at the chicane.
Le Mans is one of the most popular motorsport events in the world. The first race that took place on the Circuit de la Sarthe took place in 1923. Since 1949 this venue became an annual feature on the motorsport calendar. It is a mix of public roads and race track which allows amazing experience for drivers. Furthermore, the circuit is the ultimate test of machinery, since it includes incredible corners such as the Dunlop Curve, the Esses, and the Porsche Curves.
According to the fans, Mount Panorama or ‘Bathurst’ offers one of the most beautiful locations as well as one of the greatest race tracks in the world. Mount Panorama is technically a street track with steep inclines, as well as long straights and quick corners. For all these reasons it is considered to be a tough challenge for drivers. The circuit is the host of the iconic Bathurst 12 Hour and Bathurst 1000 races.
Finally, Autódromo José Carlos Pace which is the current host of the Brazilian Grand Prix and range of other racing events also deserves to be on the list. Even though it is a classic circuit, with quick bends and long straights the circuit is known to always bring the exciting on-track action. The track is better known by its former name ‘Interlagos,' which witnessed many classic moments in F1, such as Senna’s first win on home soil in 1991.