Top Formula 1 Race Tracks: Ranking the Best as We Head Into the Season

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Formula 1 has been on a supersonic rise into sports relevancy over the last few years, and the league is showing no signs of slowing down. In the 2023 season, Formula 1 will be touring the globe–from the Las Vegas strip to the desert of Abu Dhabi.

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Over the course of 2023, Formula 1 will be presenting a 24 race calendar. The season will kick off in Sakhir for the Bahrain Grand Prix and will finish out the season in Yas Island for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Here are my rankings of the top Formula 1 race tracks as we head into next season!

13. Las Vegas Grand Prix

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  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

One of the most interesting locations that F1 will be headed this season is Sin City. Las Vegas hosted an F1 race in 1982 known as the Caesars Palace Grand Prix, but this will be the first time the sport returns to gambling Mecca in the desert.

This will be the last of the three F1 races held in the United States this season, marking the first time the U.S. has hosted that many races in a single season. The track this year is supposed to take place across Paradise, Nevada with the track looping through Las Vegas iconic strip. The circuit length with be 6.12 kilometers, making the race length 305.88 kilometers, or 190 miles. Is it too soon to put Vegas on my top Formula 1 race tracks list? I say no!

12. Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari

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  • Location: Imola, Italy

The seventh round of the 2023 F1 circuit will take place in beautiful Imola, Italy. Commonly referred to as 'Imola', the Formula 1 Gran Premio Del Made will be held at the legendary Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, named after legendary Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari.

The Imola Circuit is a staple in F1, with the venue signed to host F1 events through 2025. Italy is such an iconic venue for the sport of racing and Imola is one of its perfect backdrops. This is a race you will not want to miss.

11. Silverstone Circuit

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  • Location: Northamptonshire, England

Silverstone Circuit originally hosted the British Grand Prix in 1948. The Aramco British Grand Prix will take place the first weekend of July, making it the 12th race of the season. Silverstone Circuit remains one of the most iconic racetracks the world has to offer, and there is no doubt we will see F1 races here for a long time.

10. Circuit of the Americas

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  • Location: Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas will be home to one of three F1 races that are taking place in the United States throughout the 2023 season. The United States Grand Prix was held in Texas from 2015-2019, and makes it's return in 2022. The Circuit of Americas was built in 2010, making it the first track built in the United States for the purpose of F1 races.

9. Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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  • Location: Monza, Italy

There are few racetracks that are as iconic and meaningful to the F1 ecosphere than the Monza circuit. Built in 1922, the National Automobile Racetrack of Monza is the third racing circuit ever built, making it the oldest in Europe. The Italian Grand Prix has been held in Monza every year since 1949, except for the 1980 season.

8. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

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  • Location: Montreal, Canada

From June 16th through June 18th, the drivers of F1 will head to Montreal for Canadian Grand Prix, which has been held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 1978. Valtteri Bottas holds the fastest lap record at this track, finishing his best lap in 1 minute and 13 seconds.

7. Circuit Zandvoort

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  • Location: Zandvoort, Netherlands

From August 25th to August 27th, F1 will be headed to Zandvoort for the Dutch Grand Prix. What makes this race so special is not just the track itself, but the implications it has for one of the sports biggest names. Two-time defending F1 champions and racing superstar Max Verstappen will get the opportunity to race in his home country. It will be exciting to see what Verstappen can accomplish on home turf.

6. Suzuka International Racing Course

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  • Location: Suzuka, Japan

This seasons Japanese Grand Prix will be held at none other than Suzuka International Racing Course from September 22nd to September 24th. The track originally opened in 1962 with F1 first hosting the Japanese Grand Prix there in 1987. What makes this venue so iconic is the figure eight layout. There is a 1.2 kilometer back straight that passes over the front section. This is one of only two FIA tracks to have a figure eight.

5. Yas Marina Circuit

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  • Location: Abu Dhabi

The 2023 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place at Yas Marina Circuit. Yas Marina was the second F1 track to ever be built in the middle east, with it's inaugural opening 2009. Every single Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has been held at Yas Marina since it's opening in 2009. The track went under several major modifications with it's 4th, 5th, and 6th turn all replaced.

4. Red Bull Ring

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  • Location: Spielberg, Austria

The Austrian Grand Prix for the 2023 F1 season will take place at the iconic Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. The track originally opened in 1969, with a brief closure in 2004. The track would reopen in 2011 and after 2014 it became the reoccurring host for the Austrian Grand Prix.

3. Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

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  • Location: Stavelot, Belgium

First opened in 1921, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium is one of the most historic race tracks in the sport. The venue has hosted the Belgian Grand Prix ever year since 1985, except for 2003 and 2006. The track went under major renovations in 2010 and 2013, laying new asphalt and creating a more suitable racing environment.

2. Circuit De Monaco

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  • Location: Monaco

A venue that Formula 1 and race fans in general relish in every year is the Monaco Grand Prix. Held every year in Monaco, the Monaco GP give us one of the most aesthetically beautiful race tracks while simultaneously being one of the most difficult.

No constructor has been as successful in Monaco as McLaren, who have claimed 15 wins at the venue. Legendary driver and three time F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna holds the record for most driver wins in Monaco with six over his illustrious career.

1. Interlagos Circuit

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  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Topping our list of the top F1 racetracks headed into the 2023 season is none other than Interlagos Circuit in São Paulo, Brazil. The Interlagos Circuit has held the Brazilian Grand Prix since 1973, making it a staple in almost every season of F1. The actual course was not built on flat land, leading to many hilly roads and drastic changes of elevation. This always makes for one of the most exciting races of the year and we can't wait for F1 to take on Brazil once again.

Do you have a favorite that didn't make my list of top Formula 1 race tracks? Shoot us a tweet @137pm and let us know!

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