Grand Prix Circuits


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Know your Grand Prix circuits?

Formula One Grand Prix circuit information...

Spanish flag

Spanish Grand Prix:
Circuit de Catalunya

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Austrian flag

Austrian Grand Prix:
Red Bull Ring

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Italian Flag

Italian Grand Prix:
Autodromo di Monza

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Monaco flag

Monaco Grand Prix:
Circuit de Monaco

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German flag

German Grand Prix:
Hockenheimring

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Belgian flag

Belgian Grand Prix:
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

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INSIDE F1

A brief guide to F1 race technology...

COMPONENTS OF AN F1 CAR

Williams

Extremely fast, single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel racing car with substantial front and rear wings, fully integrated Hybrid turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 Power Unit positioned behind the driver, these are just some of the key components that make a modern F1 race car...

Braking

Le Mans 24 Hours F1 brakes are much more advanced than normal road-car braking systems. And in one particular area is the materials used. All the cars on the grid use carbon fibre composite brake discs, saving weight and enabling the car to operate at higher temperatures than steel discs. A Formula One brake disc weighs about 1.5 kg, which are gripped by special compound brake pads capable of running at up to 750 degrees Celsius.

Aerodynamics

Le Mans 24 Hours The most aerodynamic parts on a Formula One car are the front and rear wings, these make up 60 percent of overall downforce. These wings have adjustable profiles which can be alterted depending on the downforce required at a particular track. Tight slow-speed tracks need a more aggressive wing profile to increase downforce, whilst at high-speed circuits the wing is minimised to reduce downforce and increase speed.

Tyres

Le Mans 24 Hours Leading upto 1998, Formula One cars ran with slicks until ‘grooved’ tyres were introduced in an effort to slow down cornering speeds. These new regulations meant that all tyres had to have four continuous longitudinal grooves of at least 2.5 mm deep and be spaced 50mm apart. This created many new challenges for the tyre manufacturers, and most notably ensuring the grooves' integrity, which limited the softness of the rubber compounds that could be used.

Suspension

Le Mans 24 Hours Following the ban on computer-controlled suspension, a Formula One car's suspension must be constructed without any electronics. They now use 'multi-link' suspension on the front and rear, which is the equivalent to the double wishbone layout of some road cars. Modern Formula One suspension is minutely adjustable. Track set-up will be made according to weather conditions and track surface for example (wet weather settings are far softer, than dry weather settings).

Circuit Profile

A brief profile of a Formula 1 circuit...

Monaco

Circuit de Monaco An iconic mark on the F1 Calendar, Monaco celebrated its 60th race anniversary in 2013. The original street race is widely considere the most important and prestigious of the races. Despite its relatively low speed, it’s considered to be one of the most demanding races of the season with tight corners, elevation changes and a tunnel over its 3.3km track length.

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Travellers Tales

Don't just take our word for it, take theirs...

"The highlight for us was arriving for Qualifying on the Saturday and soaking up the atmosphere and buzz all around us."

The Hosty family


The Hosty family

"All three of us (my wife, son and I) are F1 fans and we chose the Spa Grand Prix as a reward for our son’s excellent GCSE results last year. The atmosphere walking in to Spa was fantastic and being greeted almost immediately by the sight of Eau Rouge and La Source was really quite something."

GOING TO A GRAND PRIX?

Helpful list of track essentials...

crowd trackside view

Nothing beats a day experiencing the thrill of an F1 race weekend. Below is a helpful check list to make sure you head to the track equipped with everything you need to make the most of the experience.

  • Race tickets
  • Drinking water
  • Food and snacks
  • Ear plugs or ear protectors
  • Cash
  • Portable radio
  • Headphones
  • Camera / Camcorder
  • Fully charged battery
  • Memory card
  • Folding chair (general admission)
  • Sun cream
  • Hat
  • Umbrella

CAPTURING THE ACTION

Helpful trackside hint...

Dont forget if you are going to use your smartphone to take your photographs it may have a photo burst option, allowing a greater chance of capturing the high speed action!

smartphone