Formula 1 starts again. Which races can you visit?

The Formula 1 season starts again. The Grand Prix of Australia will be held in Melbourne on Sunday 17 March. Which races are relatively easy to visit or are very special to attend as a Verstappen supporter?


The Formula 1 season starts again. The Grand Prix of Australia will be held in Melbourne on Sunday 17 March. Which races are relatively easy to visit or are very special to attend as a Verstappen supporter?

Belgium: Spa-Francorchamps

For the Dutch Formula 1 fans, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit is closest to home. The circuit is located in the middle of the Ardennes, with many campsites and walking and cycling routes in the area. In addition, Spa is known for its water springs and luxurious spa baths.

During the racing days, keep in mind that there is a lot of traffic on the motorways towards the circuit. The circuit can only be reached via winding single-lane roads. "There were still people in traffic when the race had already begun," one visitor remembers. In addition, the racing cars pass relatively little, because the circuit of Spa is very long (7 kilometers).

  • Where: Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
  • Grand Prix date: 30 August up to and including 1 September
  • Official Max Verstappen Tribune
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Hungary: Hungaroring

The Hungaroring is also known as the 'Mickey Mouse job'. It is a very small circuit where overtaking is difficult and the drivers deliver each other all sorts of things. "It is a very nasty Grand Prix," says Formula 1 reporter Louis Dekker of the NOS . "But you see a lot, it's relatively cheap and you get a very nice city for free."

Budapest is 20 kilometers away from the Hungaroring and is especially known for the many palaces, bath houses and the ruined ruins that have been converted into robust beer cafés. Keep in mind that Budapest can be very hot in August.

  • Where: Hungaroring, Mogyoród, Hungary
  • Grand Prix date: 2 to 4 August
  • Official Max Verstappen Tribune
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Austria: Red Bull Ring

You will find most Dutch fans on the Red Bull Ring, where Max Verstappen triumphed last year under the watchful eye of thirteen thousand Dutch fans. "The GP of Austria has become a Dutch fan party," says Formula 1 reporter Joost Nederpelt of NU.nl.

You also have campsites with many Dutch fans. "In the evening, the Max Verstappen fans drink a beer with the fans of other drivers. It's a party for everyone," says Roger Hermans of Verstappentravel.nl.

If no races are held, you can view the car and motorcycle exhibition at the circuit. Vehicles involved in historical sporting events can be seen there. The course is located in the middle of the Alps, close to walking and cycling routes.

  • Where: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria
  • Grand Prix date: 28 to 30 June
  • Official Max Verstappen Tribune
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Canada: Gilles Villeneuve circuit

The Grand Prix of Canada will be held at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal. The circuit is located on Notre Dame Island in the Saint Lawrence River. In Montreal, the car race is welcomed throughout the city. "Canadians love Formula 1," says Dekker. "The city will be completely turned upside down." For example, the popular entertainment street Crescent Street is closed to cars during the Grand Prix weekend. Fans can then follow the qualifications and race in the restaurants and pubs, while DJs spin outside and live music is made.

  • Where: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
  • Grand Prix date: 7 to 9 June
  • No orange stand
  • No visa required
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Singapore: Marina Bay Street Circuit

Singapore is certainly not around the corner, but it does have a remarkable Grand Prix: in Singapore the race is not run on a circuit, but through the streets of the city center. In addition, the race takes place in the dark at night. The Grand Prix weekend here is more like a festival than a race, says Nederpelt. For example, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Swedish House Mafia and Cardi B give performances there. According to Nederpelt, Marina Bay also has an Orange Grandstand for the first time this year. High skyscrapers do, however, restrict visibility. "You only see one turn", says Nederpelt.

  • Where: Marina Bay Street Circuit, Marina Bay, Singapore
  • Grand Prix date: 20 to 22 September
  • Orange stand present
  • No visa required
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Italy: Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Italy is the home country of Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others. Not only during the Grand Prix, but also outside of it, there is a racing culture that is deeply intertwined with the history of the region. "Monza is almost a kind of open-air museum," says Nederpelt. F1 races have been held since 1921. On the high-speed circuit of Monza, the racing cars reach speeds of around 300 kilometers per hour. The race therefore takes less time than on other circuits. The circuit is close to Milan.

  • Where: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
  • Grand Prix date: 12 to 14 July
  • Orange stand present
  • More information

Which races you can skip according to the reporters

  • Dekker: "Bahrain. You miss the atmosphere and you drive out of town for an hour and a half to see cars racing in a sandbox."
  • Nederpelt: "Spa. It may be close by, but the cars don't come along very often and you don't have a run-out."

How to book a trip to Formula 1

  • You can buy tickets through the race circuits, but there are also special Formula 1 travel agencies such as GP Tours, which also arrange overnight accommodation and travel. Verstappen Travel sells tickets for official Max Verstappen Tribunes on various circuits.

ref: nunl

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