The Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Italy first hosted an F1 race in 1980. From 1981 to 2006 it was the home of the San Marino Grand Prix. Despite chicanes being added to slow cars after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna, the circuit still provided drivers with a tough challenge. It was a charming track with some tricky corners that often produced great racing battles.
The Kent track hosted the British Grand Prix 12 times between 1964 and 1986. The GP layout is quick and challenging – just imagine 20 modern F1 cars taking Paddock Hill bend and sweeping downhill towards Hawthorns!
The South African Grand Prix appeared on the F1 calendar 23 times, with every race taking place at Kyalami – a 13-turn track that used to be one of the quickest in the sport, until it was modified in the 1990s.
While Spa-Francorchamps is the most famous track in Belgium, Zolder hosted the Belgian Grand Prix 10 times between 1973 and 1984. It features a mix of fast turns and slow chicanes and would certainly produce great racing if it were on the current F1 schedule.
F1 may not be racing around the streets of Long Beach, but Formula E recently did – using a shortened version of the IndyCar track. However, the layout F1 used to race on back in the late 1970s and early 80s is very different to the one used today – it was much more stop-start in nature, with long straights and several big braking zones.
Probably one of Hermann Tilke’s best ever track designs, Istanbul Park hosted the Turkish Grand Prix from 2005 to 2011. Despite offering exciting racing, it was dropped due to low crowd numbers and lack of interest. The long left-hander of Turn 8 is its best-known corner and was even replicated for the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
F1 raced at the Leicestershire track just once in 1993, but it was one to remember thanks to Senna’s dominant win for McLaren. It still remains a classic and tricky track, with some quick, sweeping corners.
The German Grand Prix was dropped for the 2015 season. Out of the Hockenheimring and the Nurburgring – which alternate hosting the race – the latter is the more exciting. The mix of fast and slow corners make it difficult to master, although it’s no match for its predecessor – the Nordschleife. It would be great to see F1 cars back on either of the Nurburgring layouts.
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