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Grand Prix Destination Guide

Die-hard F1 fans can start combining their vacation with spectacular sports, thanks to our Grand Prix calendar.

29 March - Australian Grand Prix Melbourne

Australia's second largest city is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan on the planet, with plenty to do both day and night. The climate in late summer is perfect and the Grand Prix is one of the best organised of the year.

6 April - Malaysian Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur (KL) has plenty to offer in terms of sights and shopping. Not to be missed are the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the modern marvels of the world. The Sepang Circuit has such good facilities that it became the inspiration for all of F1's subsequently new tracks.

19 April - Chinese Grand Prix Shanghai

Shanghai, the largest city in China, is an amazing mix of the old and the new. Pudong district houses the major lounges and clubs, while Bund is a shopper's paradise. The drivers enjoy Shanghai International Circuit (SIC)'s challenge and the spectator facilities are second to none.

26 April - Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir

Manama is Arabic for ‘sleepy place', but this name does not do justice to the capital of Bahrain. Situated in the north east corner of the island, it is a hub of bright lights and exotic souqs. The Sakhir Circuit track is first-rate, with some of the best facilities in the world.

10 May - Spanish Grand Prix Barcelona

Sunny and lapped by the Mediterranean, Barcelona is a favourite for architecture buffs, foodies and night-life lovers. The narrow, Gothic streets of the old town are distinctly different from the modern Eixample district, which is full of shops. The Circuit de Catalunya was one of the fringe projects built on the back of the 1992 Olympic Games.

24 May - Grand Prix Monaco

Squeezed into 1.95 sq km, making it the world's second smallest country, after the Vatican, this pint-sized principality is like one big Club Med. Most people don't stay in Monaco, but do it as a daytrip. The track staged its first Grand Prix in 1929 and has remained largely unchanged ever since.

7 June - Turkish Grand Prix Istanbul

Spread over seven hills and surrounded on three sides by water, Istanbul is astonishingly beautiful. Ottoman minarets crown a skyline constructed on Byzantine foundations, while water ferries scoot between Bosphorus suburbs of wooden villas. The track is already lauded as one of the truly great circuits on the F1 calendar.

21 June - British Grand Prix Silverstone

Home - in full or in part - to seven of the teams, UK has a unique blend of beautiful countryside, great cities and some mouth-watering architecture, making it a must-see for all travellers. From a driver's perspective, Silverstone's 5.1km is one of the most formidable circuits.

12 July - German Grand Prix Nürburgring

Nürburg is a little town in the German district of Ahrweiler, in the state of Rhineland- Palatinate. It is also the name of the local castle, Burg Nürburg Nürburgring. It may not have the 172-corners of the 22 km Nordschliefe, which played host to the German Grand Prix until 1976, but it is much safer and provides for great racing.

26 July - Hungarian Grand Prix Budapest

Cosmopolitan and romantic, Budapest is all about parks brimming with attractions, museums filled with treasures, boats sailing on the Danube Bend, Turkish-era thermal baths and a throbbing nightlife. The Hungarian track is quite slow, but very physical, offering a good challenge over a race distance.

23 August - European Grand Prix ValenciaSpain

A vibrant city with old landmarks, like the old Towers of the medieval city, monasteries like the San Miguel de los Reyes monastery, and the striking Malvarrosa beach. The circuit utilises the roads around the city's port area and also includes some roads designed exclusively by the German architect Hermann Tilke.

30 August - Belgian Grand Prix Spa- Francor champs

Situated in a romantic valley amid hills which form part of the Ardennes chain, Spa is the famed site of healing hot springs. The track is an oldstyle circuit and is still a great challenge to the drivers. The surrounding area hasn't been over-developed, and so is still very pristine.

13 September - Italian Grand Prix Monza

Monza, a city on the river Lambro, is 15km northnortheast of Milan. It is famous for its Romanesque-Gothic Duomo of Saint John. It's the quickest circuit on the calendar and also one of the most evocative: the old banking is clearly visible, as are some of the old stands.

27 September - Singapore Grand Prix

The spic and span, blandly efficient and safe Singapore has fabulous places such as fashion emporiums of Orchard Rd, antique shops in Chinatown and dozens of beautiful city parks. The Marina Bay Street Circuit is a street-based circuit around the city state's Marina Bay, similar in style to the Monaco Grand Prix and the new circuit in Valencia.

4 October - Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka

Suzuka in Mie, Japan, has several famous places such as Ise Grand Shrine, Kumano Kodo and Iga-Ueno, to name a few. Suzuka is unique, being one of the very few in the world to have a figure 8 layout, and is one of the most difficult racing circuits in the world.

18 October - Brazilian Grand Prix Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo is centered around the Praia da Se. The main sights in the city include the different neighbourhoods with their special Italian, Japanese or Arabic influences. The Interlagos track runs in an anti-clockwise direction and is at high altitude, which makes it a challenge for the drivers.

1 November - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Yas Marina Circuit

The UAE's capital city is a captivating city with a lot of historical landmarks for tourist attractions that reflect the local history, culture and traditions combined with the modern developments. The Yas Marina Circuit is the newly-built circuit designed by Hermann Tilke on Yas Island.


Article by: Arabain Man

Posted: May Issue 2009


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