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Everything you need to know about our Top 5 F1 circuits

Introduction

Formula One tracks often embody the culture and vibe of the host city or country. While drivers will usually be more set in their ways when they’re describing a top-tier Formula One track, it might be more of a subjective question for fans, who have their own specific components they most like. We will run through our top five tracks today to see whether they correlate with your own or if there are any serious changes you’d make.

#5 - Melbourne, Australian Grand Prix

Going to the land down under is on many Formula One fans' bucket lists. Of the nearly two dozen Formula One tracks, only two are in the Southern Hemisphere – Brazil and Australia. While Melbourne might not be the first Formula One track that stands out as a top five venue, its location and latest updates have made the track a much more inviting offering in recent years.

Aussies love to place a bet, too, so the Melbourne Grand Prix often becomes a hotbed of gambling activity and brings out Formula One fans from across Australasia. Depending on the fans you ask, their ranking of Formula One circuits can differ wildly. However, there’s essentially an unwritten tiered system of good and not-so-good, and Melbourne fits into the former.

Given that the Victorian government has spent over $50 million in ensuring the Grand Prix lived up to its billing and became a staple in the Australian sporting calendar, it was a costly upfront expense. Still, over a decade on, it’s an investment that is beginning to pay off.

#4 - Jeddah, Saudi Arabian Grand Prix

Saudi Arabia has made incredible advances into many high-end sports. From boxing and football to Formula One, the country has become a serious player in elite international sports. Jeddah is one of the newest tracks, only becoming part of the calendar in 2021, and it benefits from having a contemporary structure and design.

Although the classic Formula One tracks will have a heritage in the sport that is impossible to replicate, the Saudi Grand Prix is an excellent example of how 21st-century Formula One circuits will look in years to come. George Russell commented that it is a visual marvel and one of his favorite tracks to race on .

#3 - Silverstone, British Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton proclaims that Silverstone is his favorite circuit on Earth. While there might be some hint of hometown bias, there’s no denying the incredible standing that the course has in the history of Formula One.

Renowned for its tight, fast corners, riveting twists and significant stretches where drivers can build up major speed, it’s a staple of the calendar, with decades of heritage and history. The UK Grand Prix is nearly 100 years old, and unlike other Formula One circuits that have had revamps or completely changed location, Silverstone is one of the most recognizable and longstanding in the business.

#2 - Suzuka, Japanese Grand Prix

The Japanese Grand Prix celebrates its 50th year in 2026, and for half of that time, it was the only Formula One circuit on the Asian continent, until Singapore entered proceedings. Suzuka has 53 laps and is a classic fan and driver favorite because of its many twists and overtaking spots.

The historical importance of Suzuka can’t be neglected. Not only is it the race where Prost and Senna’s collision captured global sports news, but it has hosted the cream of Formula One legends, from Schumacher, Verstappen and Senna to Prost and dozens more.

#1 - Spa, Belgian Grand Prix

Given that Belgium is the home to the current dominant force in Formula One racing, we’ve given them the pole position on our list. However, any of the last three could make a strong case as one of the top Formula One circuits. Next year will mark the 100th year of the Belgian Grand Prix, held on arguably the most traditional circuit. Aesthetically, this is often a top pick for Formula One fans, as the longest stretch on the track has a stand for supporters to watch the action.

A number of the corners on the track can be taken in seventh gear, with considerable stretches to build up speed and a tricky blend of downhill racing and tight angles to navigate. A few years ago, there were talks about removing Spa from the Formula One calendar.

Following many vocal protests from fans and considering that it is the home of the current Formula One king, those talks have quietened down and shouldn’t resurface for a while, sparing this magical track's beauty, aura and aesthetic.

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